A college freshman was stabbed to death on his State University of New York campus Sunday night in what officials said was a targeted attack.
The incident happened at around 10:30 p.m. at Binghamton University in upstate New York. The suspect was “described as a light-skinned male wearing dark pants and a dark Puma hooded sweatshirt,” according to the university, and he “remains at large.”
Officers were still searching for that person on Monday morning.
“Investigators from multiple agencies have been interviewing numerous people throughout the night,” a statement from the university read. Those agencies included the Binghamton and state police departments. “At this time, the police are confident this was not a random act.”
The university identified the victim on Monday morning as a freshman engineering student Joao Souza, and said his family had been notified. He was 19 years old.
The motive for the stabbing was unclear, and BU did not release the exact location on campus where it took place. However, the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton reported that it occurred in Windham Hall, a residential building.
Windham Hall is one of four residential halls in Binghamton’s Mountainview College, which has a science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics theme.
“If there is information that relates to the immediate welfare of students and the campus community, we will communicate it via our alert system,” the university said. Binghamton offered counseling to students in the wake of the stabbing and canceled classes on Monday.
The fatal stabbing was the second murder involving a Binghamton student this year. A 22-year-old nursing student named Haley Anderson was killed in her off-campus home in March. Authorities arrested a suspect in that case after he was found in Nicaragua; he was Orlando Tercero, also a 22-year-old nursing student. He was reportedly in a relationship with Anderson.