A student at Morgan State University was fatally stabbed during a fight after a campus basketball game Monday night, according to Baltimore police.
Gerald Williams, 20, of Bowie was stabbed in the groin about 9:45 p.m. in the 1500 block of Pentridge Road, inside a gated off-campus student housing complex called Morgan View, police and university officials said.
Police believe 15 to 20 people were involved in the fight — including students and nonstudents — but have not released any information about suspects.
"This is a truly unnecessary act of violence and a tragic loss of life," Lt. Jarron Jackson, a police spokesman, said Tuesday. "The bottom line is, we need information. We know people know what happened last night. We know there were a lot of people there. We need them to come forward."
Morgan State's men's basketball team had hosted Coppin State University, winning 83-43.
Morgan State President David Wilson issued a statement to the campus community Tuesday offering the university's "heartfelt condolences" to Williams' family and friends. He said university police are working with city police to gather information and noted that campus counseling services are available to students.
Late Tuesday morning, blood still stained the snow outside the Morgan View apartment building where students said the stabbing occurred.
Chelsi Lee, a 19-year-old sophomore who lives in the building, said she and Williams traveled in similar circles — and that seeing the blood-stained snow was "excruciating."
Williams was a "really humble, really sweet" classmate, she said. "He could always make you laugh, always make you smile."
"Something has to be done," she said. "I shouldn't be afraid to leave my room after 5 o'clock because I know it gets dark and I'm scared someone will attack me. Everyone's intentions on this campus should be pure. It sucks."
A sign near an entrance to Lee's building reads, "Notice: This area is subject to video surveillance." An emergency phone station is nearby, and a camera hangs from a street light.
Jackson said police "use every means at our disposal to try to get information in these cases," but did not elaborate on whether the incident was captured on film.
Monisola Akinruli, also a 19-year-old sophomore who lives in Morgan View, said she hopes police find those responsible.
Akinruli said she had just met Williams for the first time on Monday, hours before the stabbing.
They shared a humanities class, and their professor had been peppering Williams with questions, she said. Williams was trying to answer the professor's questions but was slightly off the mark, making Akinruli laugh. They chatted a bit afterward.
That night, friends asked Akinruli if she wanted to go to the basketball game, but she decided to take a nap instead, she said. When she woke up, she logged on to Twitter — and saw many of her fellow students had written posts: "Rest in Peace Gerald."
She learned of the stabbing shortly after.
"It's really scary," she said. "This is campus. This is school. We're supposed to feel safe, but apparently we shouldn't do that."
Anyone with information can call detectives at 410-396-2100 or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.