Fall semester at Bowie State University is marked with a horrific tragedy as a 19-year-old student has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of her roommate.
Alexis D. Simpson, has been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and first-degree assault. The official word is that Simpson and one of her roommates, Dominique T. Frazier, 18, got into a fierce altercation which resulted in Frazier’s death.
Sources claim the fight on Thursday was sparked when Simpson turned off an iPod being listened to by Frazier and her friends. Allegedly, in reaction to Frazier and friends raising their voices demanding she turn the music back on, Simpson stabbed Frazier in the neck.
In her defense Simpson is reported as saying:
“I didn’t mean to do it. Y’all don’t know what I’ve been through. You all jumped me.”
Although she initially fled the scene of the crime, authorities say Simpson turned herself in a few hours after the attack. Police were called about the stabbing after 8 p.m. Frazier was found unconscious in a second-floor hallway outside of their dorm room and was pronounced dead within the hour.
Ironically, days before her daughter’s death, Denise Frazier urged Dominique be transferred from the dorm and away from Simpson. The victim’s mother recalled that the two had a falling out almost immediately after being placed together. She claimed her daughter complained about the tension between she and Simpson, however when she offered to assist her in relocating to a new room, Dominique refused saying, “no mom, we’re just having words now.”
Classes were canceled on Friday, and many students attended a service and prayer circle to cope with the magnitude of the tragic event. Left to mourn, Frazier’s friend, Damial Fletcher, told The Baltimore Sun:
“It’s an eye opener. If you have a dispute, it’s not worth fighting over. Dominique lost her life over something trivial… We come to college to mature ourselves, but sometimes still act like children. She was so popular and out-going. If you were having the worst day of your life, she’d make you just laugh.”