UMES Students React Two Months After Murder


PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - WMDT spoke with students Wednesday to find out how they've been coping since the February incident.  They say time may heal wounds, but the fear is still there.  Most of all, they're hoping the case of Edmond St. Clair's murder can be closed as quickly as possible so they can try to get back to a sense of normalcy.

"I was taught to forgive despite everything.  Hate the sin, not the sinner that's what I was taught," that's what's been getting Trenton Jones, a Junior as UMES and close friend of slain student Edmond St. Clair, through a difficult few months.

He says he's happy to see that the school has increased campus security, but says many students feel like more could be done to solve the case.

"There are a lot of people frustrated with the fact that there's been little to no progress as far as we know," says Jones.

Maryland state police revealed a new piece of evidence, the knife used in St. Claire's murder.  While students are glad to have an update on the investigation, they just want the case solved as soon as possible.

"It would make it even more better if they just found who it is and got them off of the campus permanently," says Ebony Williams, President of Alpha Nu Omega, a Christian sorority.

Despite all this, nearly two months after one of their own was murdered in their home away from home, students admit the campus is beginning to heal.

Trenton Jones says "the feeling is starting to lift up a little bit, the fear is starting to go away gradually, but the fear is definitely still there."

As her sorority sends off balloons with prayers written on the surface, Williams says "it happened but we gotta keep moving forward because at the end of the day, we're still students and we have to progress."


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