Binghamton University IDs student who died after on-campus stabbing

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Update 12:51 PM: Binghamton University has identified a student who died after being stabbed on campus Sunday night.

Police are still looking for a suspect who stabbed 19-year-old Joao Souza – a freshman engineering student – in Windham Hall.

Their investigation began Sunday night after they responded to the building around 10:30 p.m. and found Souza suffering from serious injuries.

He was taken to Wilson Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead later Sunday night.

University Police say State Police are investigating the incident, and the Broome County District Attorney’s office is also contributing.

University officials say they reached out to Souza’s parents in Brazil Monday morning, and police and a member of the Dean of Students’ care team spoke to them directly.

According to the school, police do not believe the stabbing was a random act.

The suspect has been described as a light-skinned male wearing dark pants and a dark, Puma hooded sweatshirt.

Any information that you have should be reported to Binghamton University Police at 607-777-2393.

Classes at the school are canceled Monday. University Police say they have requested a significant police presence on the campus.

They described the investigation as large – saying they’ve searched a number of locations.

A second news conference has been scheduled for 2 p.m.

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Update 10:36 AM: Binghamton University has identified a student who died after being stabbed on campus Sunday night.
 
Police are still looking for a suspect who stabbed 19-year-old Joao Souza – a freshman engineering student – in Windham Hall.
 
According to the school, police do not believe the stabbing was a random act.
 
The suspect has been described as a light-skinned male wearing dark pants and a dark, Puma hooded sweatshirt.
 
Any information that you have should be reported to Binghamton University Police at 607-777-2393.
 
Classes at the school are canceled Monday.

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Posted 9:13 AM: An “Active Alert” was issued overnight for a reported stabbing on Binghamton University’s campus, according to the college’s website. The university updated the alert at about 6:45 a.m. to report the victim had died from his injuries.

Binghamton University’s official Facebook page: “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. Further information about the deceased will be provided after his family has been notified. We are in the process of contacting them.”

Due to the deadly stabbing last night, all classes are canceled Monday, April 16, according to the university’s website.

The first alert said the stabbing occurred in Windham Hall and that the suspect ran away from the area.

Since the first alert, reports of a suspect have been issued. The suspect, described as a light-skinned male wearing dark pants and a dark, Puma hooded sweatshirt, remains at large.

Any information that you have should be reported to Binghamton University Police at 607-777-2393.

Investigators from multiple agencies have been interviewing numerous people throughout the night. They have reported that this does not appear to be a random act.

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 and CARE Team by calling 607-777-2804. 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.

Employee Assistance Program staff are available to provide support to faculty and staff dealing with this loss. 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 the 24-hour EAP call line at 1-800-822-0244.

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