- Associated Press - Monday, November 7, 2011

FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — For the second time this school year, a young woman attending a Maryland university is dead and a female classmate stands accused.

Kortneigh McCoy, 19, a sophomore at Frostburg State University died following a stabbing early Sunday. Student Shanee Liggins, 23, of Waldorf, is in custody awaiting a bond hearing on first- and second-degree murder charges, authorities said.

Frostburg State President Jonathan Gibralter said students were shocked, saddened and hurting following the death of the Baltimore teen, a member of the school’s United Voices Under God’s Dominion gospel choir. McCoy was supposed to sing Sunday with the choir, which instead offered a memorial service in her honor.

Gibralter said the school teaches students about conflict resolution, including a seminar during freshman orientation.

“We don’t always have control over, you know, where they are and what they do,” Gibralter said at a press conference, his voice strained. “So, we try to educate them and give them the tools, but we can’t always be with them.”

The stabbing occurred at an off-campus home where Liggins is believed to live, the university president said.

The death was the second this school year involving two female students. In September, a student at Bowie State University was stabbed to death and her roommate has been charged. Frostburg is also no stranger to student violence. In April 2010, a student was killed in by a shotgun-wielding student who also wounded another student in an early-morning dispute.

Devin James, a senior and president of the United Voices, remember Sunday how McCoy joined the choir.

“I heard her singing in the cafeteria,” James told The Baltimore Sun. “I invited her to join us (last year) and she’s been with us ever since.”

Postings on social media sites suggested McCoy had tried to break up a fight.

James described her as a peacemaker who “emphasized the need for friendships with God and with others.”

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