Bing­ham­ton fresh­man fa­tally stabbed, search on for sus­pect

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Nation + World -

A 19-year-old fresh­man was fa­tally stabbed on New York’s Bing­ham­ton Univer­sity cam­pus and the as­sailant sus­pected of tar­get­ing him re­mained at large Mon­day, au­thor­i­ties said.

En­gi­neer­ing stu­dent Joao Souza was at­tacked at about 10:30 p.m. Sun­day in a res­i­dence suite on the cam­pus near the Penn­syl­va­nia state line. Souza had pre­vi­ously at­tended high school in New York and was a na­tive of Brazil, where fam­ily was no­ti­fied, ac­cord­ing to the univer­sity.

Jonathan Ross, su­per­in­ten­dent of the Blind Brook school district in Westch­ester County, told the Jour­nal News that Souza grad­u­ated last year from Blind Brook High School in Rye Brook, where he was a stand­out soc­cer player.

The uniden­ti­fied at­tacker fled on foot.

“Law en­force­ment be­lieves the at­tack was not a ran­dom act and that the vic­tim was tar­geted,” univer­sity vice pres­i­dent Brian Rose said.

Univer­sity po­lice re­leased few de­tails about the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion and said it’s pos­si­ble the sus­pect was still armed. They re­leased sur­veil­lance pho­tos of the sus­pect wear­ing dark pants and a dark, hooded sweat­shirt as they asked for the pub­lic’s help.

Po­lice search­ing for the sus­pect were be­ing aided by for­est rangers in wooded ar­eas.

The school, one of the four univer­sity cen­ters in New York’s sprawl­ing state univer­sity sys­tem, can­celed classes Mon­day due the “tragic event.” Coun­sel­ing was be­ing of­fered to stu­dents and staff.

This was the sec­ond slay­ing of a stu­dent in the last two months. On March 9, the body of Ha­ley Anderson, of West­bury on Long Is­land, was found in the of­f­cam­pus apart­ment of a fel­low stu­dent she had briefly dated. She had been stran­gled.

“For the sec­ond time this se­mes­ter we’ve strug­gled to ab­sorb the news that one of our stu­dents has been killed,” Rose said.

The Broome County district at­tor­ney’s of­fice is seek­ing to have that sus­pect re­turned from Nicaragua to stand trial.

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