Nineteen-year-old Ithaca College student Anthony Nazaire was identified as the victim of a fatal stabbing on Cornell University’s campus early this morning. A second IC student, whose name is not yet released, was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Ithaca and Cornell University police responded to a fight that broke out on College Avenue and Campus Road, near the health center at Cornell. According to police, an event organized by students at Cornell’s Willard-Straight Hall brought several hundred students into the area, with several altercations occurring when the event let out.
First responders arrived at the scene, treating the two stabbing victims. One victim was flown to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse and was later released. The second victim, Nazaire, was moved to Cayuga Medical Center, where he later died from the stab wounds.
We are profoundly sad to confirm that two IC students were victims of a stabbing last night and one has passed away. https://t.co/xLKb9qmfph
— Ithaca College (@IthacaCollege) August 28, 2016
The Ithaca Police Department has opened a homicide investigation. A state forensics team is processing the scene, and witness are being interviewed. The names of the victims are not being released at this time.
Nazaire, from Brooklyn, New York, was a business administration student at Ithaca College. The school released a statement notifying students about the death. Counseling began Sunday morning at 10 a.m. and is still available at the lounge of the Circles Community Building, an on-campus apartment complex. The College also has plans for a larger community gathering to remember the student victim.
“In the meantime, I hope you will hold these students—along with their families, friends, classmates, and professors—in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult and tragic time,” College President Tom Rochon said in the release.
Anyone with information to help the investigation are asked to contact the Ithaca Police Department.