Police are hunting a possibly armed and dangerous suspect in the Sunday night on-campus stabbing death of a 19-year-old Binghamton University engineering student.
Joao Souza, a freshman at BU, died as a result of his injury inside residence hall Windham Hall on Binghamton University’s campus around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. On Monday, university officials were able to contact his parents in Brazil, to deliver the news of his death.
“We feel incredible pain and sorrow, we can’t even imagine their despair,” said Brian Rose, vice president of Student Affairs, during a Monday news conference.
The university canceled all classes for the day, but classes are expected to resume Tuesday.
During Monday’s news conference, Binghamton University Police Chief Timothy Faughnan described a “massive investigation” with increased law enforcement presence that has unfolded — New York State Police and Broome County (N.Y.) District Attorney’s and Broome County Sheriff’s offices have assisted the university in search efforts for evidence.
Faughnan did not identify the suspect, and said investigators have not verified whether he is a current BU student.
Source: Maggie Gilroy and Anthony Borrelli, (Binghamton, N.Y.) Press & Sun-Bulletin
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