Family of slain Bowie State student calls for U.S. Army to honor son

Every night, before 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III went to sleep, he looked up at the American flag hanging above his bed.

Collins, an ROTC student at Bowie State University, was so dedicated and passionate in his love for his country, his father told the crowd that had gathered Tuesday evening for the monthly meeting of the Caucus of African-American Leaders.

Death of a Lieutenant: The Spirit of Richard Collins' III lives on

He thought that there was no limit to what he could do. We had conversations and he said, ‘Mom, the world is going to know my name,’” remembers Dawn Collins of her son.  

We first learned of the Greater Washington Community Foundation through a long-time family friend who happens to be an attorney.  Following the tragic death of our son, my wife and I contacted the foundation to discuss establishing a foundation to continue his legacy and build a lasting tribute to honor our son’s memory.
 

2ND LIEUTENANT RICHARD  W. COLLINS III SOCIAL JUSTICE SCHOLARSHIP

Bowie State University, has accepted donations from family, friends and concerned citizens across the country who wanted to make a statement of hope. 

 

The University has stewarded those gifts and is now working with the 2nd Lt Richard W. Collins III foundation to establish an endowed scholarship fund that will carry on the values and legacy of 2nd Lt. Collins in on the very campus where his life was transformed.

Congressmen send letter to Army seeking recognition for murdered Bowie State ROTC student

Maryland congressmen sent a letter to the acting secretary of the Army July 10, asking to meet to discuss military honors for 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III, a Bowie State ROTC student who was stabbed to death in an alleged hate crime two days after being commissioned.
 

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