BOWIE, Md. (WJZ)– A young college student is dead, and another in police custody at Bowie State University. And now police say an iPod started it all.

Meghan McCorkell has reaction from shell-shocked students, on what’s supposed to be their homecoming weekend.

A shadow has been cast over those homecoming celebrations as students mourn one of their own. We’re learning new details about what happened inside that dorm room.

Flowers sit on the steps of the dorm where 18-year-old Dominique Frazier died.

Her 19-year-old roommate– Alexis Simpson– is behind bars, charged in her murder. Witnesses say the two had an altercation after Simpson turned off Frazier’s iPod.

The fight escalated. Roommates say Simpson pulled a knife and stabbed Frazier.

“She was leaning, and I saw all this blood covered on her side, and I was like, ‘Oh my God! What can I do?’ It looks like it was too late,” Donovan Settlas, a witness to the stabbing, said.

Frazier died at the hospital. Simpson later turned herself in to the police.

According to the charging documents, after the stabbing, Simpson told witnesses, “I didn’t mean to do it. You all don’t know what I’ve been through. You all jumped me.”

Friends say Frazier wanted out of the living situation.

“She asked for the transfer and apparently she didn’t get it. It could have been prevented if they had just given her the transfer. But it didn’t,” said one student.

The university canceled classes Friday, as well as a pep rally, instead holding a memorial service for students to talk about what happened.

Now, the band plays on as students try to continue with homecoming weekend. But the tragedy is tainting the celebration.

“This just casts a big cloud over the school,” Guy Foster, a senior at Bowie State, said. “We’re not known for this kind of violence.”

As they mourn one of their own, students want people to know this isn’t what their school is about.

“It happens everywhere. It doesn’t make Bowie different from any other school,” said a student.

The suspect, Alexis Simpson, is a transfer student. She is now charged with first- and second-degree murder and first-degree assault.

Bowie State University does plan to hold the rest of the homecoming activities this weekend.

Comments (22)
  1. common sense says:

    WOW!! this is why you shouldn’t get angry. One person dead and another whose life is ruined. both were on a path to decency and success by being in school. the one who did the stabbing has probably never been in any trouble like this before, now a murder prayers go out to both families.

  2. Val says:

    Another case of black on black crime. Now our black women are getting in on the senseless violence and idiocy. Our community is complacent related to the blood shed in our communities. Where are the protests. If some white boy had done the stabbing we would already be forming a march..etc., etc ., That is why we can’t move forward as we should….don’t want to air our dirty laundry AND DEAL WITH IT and don’t want anyone else to do it either.

    Sad on all fronts.

    1. RileyfromtheBoondocks says:

      This article did not mention that any of these females were black. This is just a crime, and nothing more.

      1. Dana Tompkins says:

        hello…there were pictures.

    2. HUH? says:

      March for what? The attacker already turned herself in.

    3. denise davis says:

      So very true. We would have been marching and buring down the town. Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson would be all over national tv.

  3. SPACE RANGER says:

    Val, again jumping to conclusion, were in the article is the race mention.
    They may have been black but do you know that for a fact.

    1. wllharrington says:

      Bowie State is a traditionally Black college in Bowie, MD. Only in these past few years has it become integrated and it is still primarily Black. The assumption is probably valid that the two students were Black.

  4. antoinette shorter says:

    wow….and we wonder why the KIDS act like they do….they have all of you idiots as role models. So so sad…RIP Dominique

    1. by the numbers says:

      Yes, Antoinette – we DO wonder why kids act like they do – but it’s not because of “us idiots,” as you would like to believe. I don’t need to be a role model to my kids – it’s all about respect, and there is NO respect for human life any longer in today’s society. Arguments are much easier settled by the senseless killing of someone (white or black) than by trying to settle differences through simple communication. To Riley and to Space Station – come on – the article really doesn’t have to mention race, does it? Bowie State University? I would venture to guess what the predominant race is that attends Bowie State? Thought so.

  5. Hi Mr Klansman says:

    Is this what they preach at your clan meetings? Assume she’s “ghetto” if the person committing a senseless act of violence happens to be black.

  6. Brainless Bernard says:

    So its only the “ghetto girls” that ever get violent on a college campus, right? Never mind the shootings, vandalism, stabbings, assaults, etc committed by white frat boy parties on campus right? You don’t sound too bright, Bernard.

  7. New Town says:

    I got to get in on this one! We blacks are just 12% of the US population, but make up around 65% of the US prison population. Deadly violent resolution to very simple aruguments are far more common among blacks and hispanics. Yes, whites fight also, but not to the point of killing as often as blacks do. The NAACP is defunct and useless as they do not come out to make statements or to protest these kinds of killings. However, if the perpetrator were white–then they and the New Black Pather Party would be inciting riots! I had to stop hanging with black inner-city people because of all this kind of violence. I started fearing the blacks women as much as the dudes. I see all the time how increasing violent black girls and women are becomeing. From the Yoga store murder to the beating of the transgender person in the McDonalds–we’re all seeing just how vile and violent black American chicks are getting. Oh, I forgot the girl fights every year during the Inner Harbor 4th of July fireworks. Oh, yeah, and lets not forget the stilletto healed show stabbing of the white man in a fast food drive up window that caused the man to loose one of his eyes. Black people and NAACP stop living in denial and stop being hypocrites about our dirty laundry. Blacks Americans have become some of the world’s most violent and dangerous people. Yes, there is teh Norwegian mass murderer, I know that, but our black people in this country commit most of the violent crimes in America’s cities and counties where we flock to like PG County. Time to look at ourselves really good. We’re turning back the gains of the Civil Rights Movement thatman y whites and incresingly this black man now believe fully in racial profiling.

  8. Dennis Trencher says:

    Love the quote from a Bowie “scholar” “I don’t trust nobody now,” Can take them out of the Ghetto but it is the same old thing. I aks you what do you think

    1. I laugh at fools says:

      You seem to know first hand. Its amusing to me how you try using sarcasm to insult this kid,yet your comment is grammatically incorrect.

  9. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    The Sheriff has spoken, the Sheriff speaks the truth, all the rest of you are uncouth!

  10. Charles says:

    A very sad day for Baltimore. One died the other has ruined her life. I feel for both families.
    Great to hear from you Sheriff, I’ve missed you.

  11. Sarita Miles says:

    that is so sad two families are destroyed

  12. STFU says:

    I really don’t want to speculate but I’m pretty sure theres more to this story than a dispute over turning off a damn ipod…I think the killer was probally bullied by this girl,and all of the frustration and anger built up within her.Why else would she have tried to be relocated to a different dorm prior to this? I’m not defending a murderer but I just don’t believe the victim is as innocent as she’s being portrayed.As for the idiots making racial comments,leave it alone.You lames sit behind your computers saying all the things that you wish you had the balls to say to someone’s face.The f@#%ing world doesn’t revolve around skin color.Get over it

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