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Suspect charged in death of Morgan student

Posted at 11:32 AM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 17:26:08-04

Baltimore City Police say Morgan State University student  Gerald Williams, 20, was murdered on campus in February after a dispute over a "small, inconsequential amount of money." 

Harry Malik Robertson, 20, of Bowie, Md., was arrested Thursday morning without incident in Prince George's County, according to Commissioner Kevin Davis.

Robertson, a former Morgan State student who was not enrolled at the time of the incident, has been charged with first and second-degree murder and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure. 

Commissioner Davis says Morgan State University's student body and alumni communities were instrumental in Robertson's capture.  

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Morgan State president Dr. David Wilson released a statement following today's arrest announcement: 

"Today, the Baltimore City Police department announced that an arrest has been made in the murder investigation of a Morgan student, Gerald Williams, who was fatally stabbed on the grounds of Morgan View on February 1st of this year.

At a press conference held today, Baltimore City Police identified Harry Malik Robertson, a former Coppin State and Morgan student, as the individual taken into custody this morning in connection with Gerald’s death.

We appreciate the diligent investigative work of the city police working in collaboration with Morgan State University Police to solve this senseless murder. It took the life of one of our students, one who might have graduated and been one of the future leaders in this

community. We also appreciate the courage of those who came forward to assist in this investigation by supplying key information.

While we take comfort in knowing that his alleged murderer has been captured, Morgan still mourns the loss of Gerald Williams. We offer our continued prayers and condolences to this young man’s family and the many friends he had on this campus".

Williams was stabbed following an argument after an MSU basketball game the night of Feb. 1.

Word of the arrest had yet reached the off campus apartments where the attack happened. Students who knew Williams through friends were relieved. 
 
"I think me and my friend are going to have a nice conversation about it today. I think she's going to feel a lot better. Now she knows he's just not on the loose randomly," Richard Spears, a junior, said. 
 
"I feel better for the family because I didn't personally know him but I have other people, like my whole family has gone to Morgan, so there are people who know his parents and they're having trouble not knowing who did it. Now I feel better knowing that at least they have a little bit of justice," Skye Williams, a senior, said. 
 
Skye told ABC2 she also feels a little better with some changes the university and her apartment complex have made since the murder, including adding a round the clock guard at the Morgan View entrance.
 
BPD detectives said Thursday the investigation doesn't end with an arrest. 
 
"Now that people who still could have been reluctant to come forward with information know that he is in our custody, they might have some information that could be valuable and assisting to the prosecution in this case. We never want to close the door on any information. So there could be additional information out there from people who might have been reluctant to come forward," BPD Media Relations Director, TJ Smith, said. 
 
 

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