- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Prince George's County police questioned several people yesterday about the weekend murder of a University of Maryland student stabbed outside an off-campus party in College Park.
Authorities hadn't filed charges as of Monday evening in the death of Brandon James Malstrom, 20, said department spokesman Cpl. Joe Merkel.
Mr. Malstrom was stabbed in the torso as he struggled with several people at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Police released little information, but witnesses said Mr. Malstrom may have been the target of an attempted robbery.
University official Patricia L. Mielke said the school was "deeply saddened" by Mr. Malstrom's death, but that the incident was not an indication of a crime increase on or off campus.
"Like any other large metropolitan school in the country, we have instances of crime," said Mrs. Mielke, assistant vice president of student affairs. "I don't think we are different than any other large metropolitan school."
Police said Mr. Malstrom was involved in a scuffle on a College Park street just blocks away from the campus. Witnesses said two men approached Mr. Malstrom and demanded his cell phone.
Mr. Malstrom refused, swung his backpack at the men and was stabbed in the ensuing fight, the witnesses said.
Mr. Malstrom, of Phoenix, Md., graduated from Dulaney High School in Timonium, where he played lacrosse. He transferred to the College Park campus last fall from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The business major lived off campus, Mrs. Mielke said.
Family members described Mr. Malstrom as a gentle person with few enemies. His brother, Bill Malstrom, was at the scene of the stabbing and told Baltimore's WNUV-TV Sunday that Brandon was pulled into a fight in which he wasn't involved.
Student deaths are rare at the university, but Mr. Malstrom's was the fifth of a College Park student in the past two years. Two fraternity students died in separate drug and drinking incidents, and two sisters died in a tornado last fall.
The University of Maryland football team won a close homecoming game against No. 14 North Carolina State University on Saturday night before the stabbing.
A recent series of high-profile riots following football and basketball games has also marred the campus.

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