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Student from Rye Brook stabbed to death at Binghamton University

Posted at 7:54 AM, Apr 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-16 13:49:23-04

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — A freshman from Westchester County was stabbed to death on campus at Binghamton University on Sunday, school officials said Monday.

Joao Souza, a 19-year-old engineering student from Rye Brook, was killed around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the university alert system.

The attack happened on the ground floor of an on-campus residence hall and multiple students believe he was stabbed in the neck, according to Binghamton student paper Pipe Dream.

Police said that it “does not appear to be a random act.”

The suspected attacker is a light-skinned man wearing dark pants and a dark, Puma hooded sweatshirt, the university said. He remains at large. The university did not say if he was also a student.

He fled on foot from the scene, the Associated Press reports.

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

His family is in in Brazil and has requested privacy, university officials told the AP.

Souza’s death comes a month after after Binghamton University nursing student Haley Anderson, 22, was found strangled to death at an off-campus residence on March 9. Orlando Tercero, a nursing student at Binghamton who had a previous relationship with Anderson, was taken into custody. Tercero had flown to Nicaragua before her body was discovered.

Binghamton University Police and New York State Police are investigating. Anyone with information should call BinghamtonU Police at 607-777-2393.