A female Frostburg State University student died early Sunday morning after another female student stabbed her in the head during an argument that spilled out of an off-campus dwelling, police said.
Police found Kortneigh McCoy, a 19-year-old sophomore from Baltimore, lying in the street near the small-town western Maryland campus sometime before 2 a.m. McCoy was bleeding from a head wound, according to a release from Allegany County investigators. She died from her injuries at a local hospital.
Such incidents on college campuses are considered a rarity. Yet Sunday’s attack was the second fatal fight between Frostburg students at an off-campus residence in the past year and a half, and it was the second fatal encounter involving two young women at a Maryland state university this academic year.
Investigators said McCoy became embroiled in an argument involving several people inside an off-campus dwelling around 1:30 a.m., and the dispute led outside to Maple Street. There, the suspect “produced a knife and stabbed the victim,” according to the police statement.
Police identified the suspect as Shanee Liggins, 23, a Frostburg student from Waldorf in Charles County. Liggins was arrested and charged with first- and second-degree murder. Police offered no further details on the sequence of events that led from a verbal altercation to alleged homicide.
McCoy was a physics major and a resident advisor at Frostburg, a regional public university with about 5,000 undergraduate students and a small graduate population. Most students hail from Maryland, principally from Baltimore, its suburbs and the sparsely populated counties of northwest Maryland.
She sang in a gospel choir called United Voices Under God’s Dominion. Students from the group planned a memorial service later Sunday.
“This is for the students to get together and deal with their grief,” said Liz Medcalf, a university spokeswoman. “We may have a formal memorial later, depending on what Kortneigh’s family wants.”
Johathan Gibralter, Frostburg’s president, asked “the entire university community to look out for one another as we begin to cope with this tragedy. These are sad times, and Kortneigh’s loved ones will all need our support.”
McCoy is the second young woman fatally stabbed by a female classmate in Maryland’s state university system this fall, following the death of Dominique T. Frazier at Bowie State University in September.
Alexis D. Simpson, a 19-year-old student at Bowie State University, was charged in the fatal stabbing of her roommate during an argument on that campus. Investigators said Simpson and Frazier — her roommate — had an argument that escalated into a fight. Police said it ended with Simpson stabbing Frazier in the throat.
In April 2010 at Frostburg State, an off-campus party ended in violence when one student allegedly pulled a 12-gauge shotgun and shot two others. Brandon Carroll, 20, died of his wounds. Tyrone Hall, 21, was charged in the death and later pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, according to the Cumberland Times-News newspaper.
On her Facebook page, McCoy calls herself L’enfant De Fleur, or Flower Child. She studied French, had worked sales at Victoria’s Secret in Towson and as a cashier at a soul food restaurant in Baltimore.
She posted a favorite quote from Bob Marley: Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.