Morgan State student killed in stabbing

Posted at 5:52 PM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-03 06:42:11-05

The social media posts have been constant ever since word first got out. Friends and classmates found it hard to believe they will not be seeing 20 year old Gerald Williams walking the Morgan State University campus anymore.

"It's just something that nobody would expect. This happened out the random," Solomon Conteh, a sophomore, said.

Nobody thought an argument Monday night after a MSU basketball game would turn violent.

Baltimore Police said they are using all available resources, including surveillance cameras we spotted in the area, to find out who did this.

They said the stabbing happened just before 10 p.m. Monday in the 1500 block of Pentridge Road.

"We know approximately 15-20 people were involved in this fight. We know it included students and non students of Morgan State University," Lt. Jarron Jackson told ABC2.

Students we spoke to didn't know what the argument that started it all was about, but described a chaotic scene with students trying to help Williams while they waited for the ambulance.

"That could have been any of us we feel like. We're all young. We're all doing the same thing here. It doesn't make us feel safe. It really doesn't," Alljahni Mack, a student, said.

"I was just helping him with class and to find out that he's gone, it's just like wow, it's another student. It's the second student that's dead," Dimitrius Graham said.

It was less than seven weeks ago students mourned the death of Adedire Ososanya, also 20 years old. He died in a car crash in December 2015.

As students struggle to deal with another loss, they can't help but also think about the reason they are here.

"This is not what we're about. We're about to leave and go to class. We're not about this. We don't even know the people who did this," Graham said.

University President David Wilson released the following statement Tuesday.

Dear Morgan Community,

It saddens me to report that we lost a member of the Morgan family last evening because of an unfortunate incident that grew out of a dispute between two individuals at an off-campus housing complex.

Because this happened off campus, Baltimore City Police are in charge of the investigation of this incident. We are still gathering information about what occurred but I wanted you to know that City police are working cooperatively with Morgan Campus Police to apprehend the individual(s) responsible and to ensure they are prosecuted to the full extent permitted by law. I encourage those who may have information that could assist police in their investigation to call them at 410-396-2100.

We grieve with the family and friends of this young man, and offer our heartfelt condolences. Dealing with a loss is often difficult, so please be reminded that the MSU Counseling Center is available to anyone who feels the need to avail themselves of their services. They are a phone call away at 443-885-3130. Students may also visit the Counseling Center in the Carter-Grant-Wilson building, or online by clicking here.

Baltimore police said they know there are plenty of people who know what happened Monday night and they need them to come forward. You can either call homicide detectives directly at 410-396-2100 and or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.