A first-year Binghamton University student was stabbed to death on campus Sunday night in what investigators are saying “does not appear to be a random act.”
Joao Souza, 19, was stabbed at approximately 10:30 p.m. by a suspect described as “a light-skinned male wearing dark pants and a dark, Puma hooded sweatshirt.” The suspect remains at large, according to a statement issued by the university.
B-ALERT: We are sad to report that a student has died due to a stabbing on campus that occurred at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15. The deceased is a male, age 19, in his first year at Binghamton University.— Binghamton University (@binghamtonu) April 16, 2018
The stabbing took place in Windham Hall, according to a local news report that cites a Binghamton University alert.
B-ALERT: The suspect, described as a light-skinned male wearing dark pants and a dark, Puma hooded sweatshirt, remains at large. Additional details will be provided as soon as possible. Any information that you have should be reported to BinghamtonU Police at 607-777-2393.— Binghamton University (@binghamtonu) April 16, 2018
Binghamton officials are contacting the victim’s family and will provide more details about what happened as they become available, according to the SUNY university’s website.
All classes at Binghamton University are canceled Monday, April 16 following the incident.
This is the second student death at Binghamton in just over a month. Haley Anderson, 22, was a nursing student who was strangled to death at an off-campus residence on March 9, Pix11 News reported. The suspect was another Binghamton nursing student who left the country shortly afterwards.
The school is offering counseling services for students, faculty and staff. Anyone who needs counseling is encouraged to call the Dean of Students office at (607) 777-2804.
For those in need of counseling services, the Dean of Students Office and CARE Team, along with the University Counseling Center (UCC) and Residential Life, can offer support. If you would like to speak to someone, reach out to the Dean of Students Office by calling 607-777-2804.— Binghamton University (@binghamtonu) April 16, 2018
B-ALERT: The UCC can be reached by calling 607-777-2772. To reach a counselor after hours, students should call 607-777-2772 and select #2. In an emergency, call 911.— Binghamton University (@binghamtonu) April 16, 2018
B-ALERT: Employee Assistance Program staff are available to provide support to faculty and staff. They can be reached at 607-777-6655 or 607-777-6650 during regular office hours, or an off-campus coordinator can be reached after hours by calling 1-800-822-0244.— Binghamton University (@binghamtonu) April 16, 2018