Binghamton University cancels classes after second student murder in 5 weeks

A university in New York canceled classes Monday after the second murder of a student in five weeks.

Binghamton University alerted students to the cancellation hours after first-year engineering student Joao Souza, 19, was stabbed to death on campus Sunday night.

On March 11, Binghamton nursing student Haley Anderson, 22, of Westbury, Long Island, was found murdered at an off-campus residence.

“Due to yesterday’s tragic event on campus, all classes are canceled today, Monday, April 16,” the school’s 8 a.m. announcement on its website read.

The university said Souza’s family had requested privacy.

The suspect fled after the 10:30 p.m. stabbing in Windham Hall, a student residence, according to the university. The person was described as a “light-skinned male wearing dark pants and a dark, Puma hooded sweatshirt.”

Police from multiple agencies investigating the stabbing interviewed “numerous people” throughout the night, according to the university.

“They have reported that this does not appear to be a random act,” the university said.

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Haley Anderson was found murdered March 11.


Counseling was being offered to students and staff.

Anderson’s murder shocked students. Authorities said she had been strangled, the New York Post reported.

Binghamton student Orlando Tercero, 22, who was also studying to be a nurse, was arrested four days later in Nicaragua and charged with her murder.

Binghamton is part of the State University of New York system.