Authorities Seeking Public's Help in UMES Student Slaying
Pictured is murder victim, Edmond A. St. Clair (Photo courtesy: WJZ)
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (WBOC/AP)– Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest in the murder of a University of Maryland Eastern Shore student.
The victim is identified as 21-year-old Edmond A. St. Clair of Severn, Md. St. Clair, who was a student at UMES, was pronounced dead at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury shortly after 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Maryland State Police detectives are searching for three unidentified suspects, described only as black males in their late teens or early 20s.
MSP detectives said that they were contacted on Saturday night by UMES Interim Police Chief Kenny Collins, who requested them to respond and conduct the investigation.
The preliminary investigation indicates that shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, a campus police officer was parked in her patrol car in the parking lot of the "Pavilion" on College Backbone Road, when a man, later identified as the victim's brother, came running to her police car and reported that his brother had been stabbed. The officer responded to the nearby scene and found the victim lying on the roadside next to his girlfriend's car.
Police said the officer saw that the victim had sustained injuries to his upper torso.
Investigators have learned that the victim, later identified as St. Clair, was apparently a passenger in his girlfriend's car that was being driven by his brother.
Another male passenger was in the rear of the vehicle. Neither the victim's brother nor the other male are students at the university, but both were visiting for the weekend.
According to witnesses interviewed so far, the three were driving through campus when they encountered three or four people walking in the street. Some type of altercation ensued and the victim was stabbed with an as yet unidentified weapon.
Police said that they have no reason at this time to believe this was a random assault. The motive appears to be the result of an argument or ongoing dispute.
Police are continuing to conduct interviews and serve search warrants as the investigation progresses.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Solvers at (410) 548-1776.
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