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November 6, 1998

BACKGROUND ON 12/6/98 STABBING INCIDENT BETWEEN TWO UMBC STUDENTS

BALTIMORE--Two UMBC students were injured in a stabbing incident in the living quarters of an on-campus residence hall at approximately 5:30 a.m. today. The cause of the dispute is not known, but according to UMBC Police, alcohol was a factor. No other students were involved or injured.

Based on witness statements and forensic evidence, UMBC Police plan to charge Brian J. Keenan, 18, a freshman English major from Myersville, Maryland, with the attempted murder of Kevin W. Blackistone, 20, a junior visual arts major from Avenue, Maryland. Keenan was seen holding a folding lock-back knife and reportedly threatened Blackistone, who was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Blackistone was treated for severe lacerations to the neck and is currently listed in stable condition. Keenan was taken to St. Agnes Hospital for cuts on his hand. He remains hospitalized but will, upon his release, be arrested by UMBC Police, who have been working with the Baltimore County Crime Lab.

Keenan and Blackistone are not roommates. The incident took place in Keenan's room in the Chesapeake Residence Hall on campus. Blackistone lives on campus in the Hillside Apartments.

In addition to facing criminal charges, Keenan has been barred from returning to campus for alleged violations of the code of student conduct. UMBC enforces all state and federal laws regarding possession of controlled substances and weapons.

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Posted by dwinds1 at November 6, 1998 12:00 AM