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Suspect in Binghamton University stabbing in custody

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Update: Police have indicated that a suspect in now in custody for the stabbing death of BU student Joao Souza. The suspect is a BU student. 

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A Binghamton University freshman was killed in a stabbing that took place on campus Sunday night.

According to State University Police Chief Tim Faughnan, 19 year-old engineering student, Joao Souza was stabbed at around 10:30 p.m. inside a suite in Windham Hall, located in the Mountainview Community.

Faughnan says officers were dispatched to the residence hall, where Souza was found seriously injured from stab wounds.

He was taken to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City where he later died.

According to BU officials, Souza is an international student from Brazil, but the New York Post reports that Souza graduated from high school last year in the Westchester County Village of Rye Brook.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned man, wearing dark pants and a dark Puma hooded sweatshirt

He is still at-large however police say the stabbing was not a random act.

State University Police, Broome County Sheriff's deputies and the State Forest Rangers have been searching wooded areas near campus in search of evidence.

Faughnan says there is a massive investigation generating dozens of leads.

"We have a very large operation.  It is covering a number of areas.  We've interviewed many people throughout the night and today and that continues as we speak.  We have conducted property searches in targeted areas looking for evidence.  We have utilized every available resource to make sure we are leaving no stone unturned," said Faughnan.

BU is offering counseling services for those impacted by the event.

This is the second BU student to be slain during the spring semester, as 22-year old Haley Anderson was killed at 23 Oak Street in Binghamton last month.

NewsChannel 34 spoke with Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology Christina Balderrama-Durbin.

She says many people wait until they are overwhelmed to seek counseling services.

She says people should come forward when they first notice something wrong.

"You have a sense that something's not quite right.  Things may be impacting your sleep patterns or performance in school and you don't know where to turn to.  If it's severe enough, you can seek professional help, but a great place to start is to have conversations with people," said Balderrama-Durbin.

Police have released these surveillance photos from inside the Windham Hall Suite where the stabbing took place.

Investigators are also still looking for the knife used in the stabbing.

Students are encouraged to keep their doors locked, not share their room codes and report any suspicious activity to police.

Anyone with information can call 607-777-2939.


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