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UMES Marks 'Day of Reflection' After Tragedies

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UMES students grieve during Wednesday's "Day of Reflection." (Photo: WBOC) UMES students grieve during Wednesday's "Day of Reflection." (Photo: WBOC)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is dealing with tragedy in the wake of its first on-campus murder in 35 years. Police are still looking for the three suspects they say stabbed 21-year-old Edmond St. Clair to death Saturday. Classes were canceled Wednesday for a "Day of Reflection," which included a vigil to honor the lives of St. Clair and Dickson Muiruri, who died of an apparent suicide.

The somber day on campus was marked by the sharing of songs, exchanging of hugs and shedding of tears.

"You never know, living on campus, how many times you run into the same person until you all show up and they're gone," noted classmate Mariah Williams. "It's a time for me to really think about what I want to do with my life, where I want to go and more so than that, who I want to take with me."

"It's just a day for students to reflect really on two of the passings of our fellow Hawks," added junior Brandon Shoatz.

Yet alongside the grieving, some students are speaking out against UMES. Trenton Jones and Lloydian Holness were good friends with St. Clair.

"I got there when he was on his last breath, he had already basically like bled too much," shared Jones. "He couldn't even breathe."

They say the suspects ran right by security after Saturday's stabbing, and nothing was done to stop them.

"It's suspicious when three people with ski masks walk by, and it happened right in front of the security booth, too," Jones explained. "I know they could see and they didn't go over there and stop them, ask them why they're standing in front of his car or anything. They just let them go."

"They just stood there and watched it like, even when we were screaming," added Holness. "The school is not helping at all. They're like, just showing off pretty much for the media and trying to make the school image better but they're not helping."

University officials assure they are taking this incident very seriously.

"The president and her senior cabinet have been working on security review since this incident happened," explained director of public relations, Bill Robinson. "We've taken steps of adding additional patrolmen on campus, having 12-hour shifts and related security steps, some of which we can't disclose, because then it wouldn't be security."

UMES said it is absolutely committed to helping its community get through these difficult times, and preventing something similar from happening again

A $7,000 reward is being offered for tips related to the murder of Edmond St. Clair.

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