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Hundreds of students, faculty honor BU Freshman Joao Souza with candlelight vigil

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Hundreds of students and faculty members came out last night to honor the Binghamton University Freshman who was stabbed to death last week.

A vigil was held last night to memorialize Joao Souza, a 19-year old Freshman Engineering Major from Brazil who was stabbed inside his Windham Hall residence hall on April 15.

Students gathered at the Mountainview Ampitheter on campus where they discussed Souza's life while holding candles and flowers.

Souza recently became a member of the Zeta Psi Fraternity and his brothers organized the memorial.

Zeta Psi Member Daniel Greenberg say Souza was kind, genuine and light-hearted.

"If I could have a few minutes with him, I'd say thank you to him for the memories he was able to leave with those around him.  During times like this, you want to see the brighter things in people.  I'd like to think there is still hope in the world during a time like this," said Greenberg.

Binghamton University faculty members also helped plan the service.

President Harvey Stenger attended the vigil and gave remarks.

Qiana Watson is a BU Dean of Students Case Management Coordinator.

She says the event allows students to come together and heal.

"His death was untimely and wasn't anything we could've planned for or expected.  I really appreciate the way this community has come together as a family to rally and support each other.  The students, faculty and staff have all been so supportive," said Watson.

22-year old Haley Anderson, who was found dead at 23 Oak Street in Binghamton last month was also honored.

After the speeches, members of the Zeta Psi fraternity released balloons in memory of Souza and Anderson.

Students were also able to write messages that will be made into a scrapbook.

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