A Baltimore woman was recently charged with first- and second-degree murder in connection with the death of a college student. The Baltimore Sun reported that 23-year-old Shanee Liggins was arrested and charged with for fatally stabbing 19-year-old Kortneigh McCoy at an off-campus party. A judge ordered Liggins held without bail. Her defense attorney told the judge he would seek a new bail hearing after meeting with his client.
The tragic incident occurred in the early morning hours of Nov 6. The victim was at a party at Liggin’s home in Frostburg. A fight broke out in the kitchen. According to witnesses and court documents, Liggins pulled a knife on a man that “wouldn’t get out of her way.” Some told her to take the fight outside, which is where she and McCoy allegedly crossed paths and began fighting. One witnesses told authorities that the women were striking at one another. Another witness said she saw McCoy lying on the ground and Liggins was stabbing her.
Police was called to scene and found McCoy lying in the street, bleeding to death. She was later declared dead at a local hospital. Initially police were told that another person stabbed McCoy, but Liggins was later identified from statements given by persons interviewed at the hospital and from a Facebook picture witnesses showed police.
McCoy was a physics major at Frostburg University. She wanted to be a doctor and was especially admired by family and friends for her beautiful singing voice. She was a member of a student gospel choir and was scheduled to sing during Sunday worship the day she was killed. Instead, more than 500 students and faculty assembled at Lane University Center shortly after receiving word of her death to mourn. The center was filled to capacity, and television crews from Baltimore and Washington were among the crowd.
Her friends created a Facebook page in McCoy’s honor. Witnesses posted on social media sites and suggested that McCoy was slain because she was trying to break up a fight. She was described as a peacemaker who promoted the importance of friendship with “God and with others.”
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