ITHACA, N.Y. – Raised in Brooklyn and educated in bucolic Ithaca on a full scholarship, Anthony Nazaire was the first person in his family to attend college.
"He make everybody happy," Jacques Dorsainbil, Nazaire's godfather, said. "Anytime we see he's laughing and make you laugh."
But since word of his death Sunday, his family hasn't stopped crying.
The 19-year-old honor student was murdered in a melee on the Cornell University campus.
"I mean this is a campus we all see as a safe place and home and stuff so for this to happen right where he go to class, this is where we all live ... it's a shock and tragedy for sure," Alex Maisel, a junior at Cornell said.
Nazaire, who was studying business administration at Ithaca College, left home last week after spending the summer in the city. He was attending an orientation party, which spiraled out of control.
He was stabbed by an unknown assailant on the Ivy League campus.
Monday morning, police were appealing to students who recorded the incident on their phones.
"If you witnessed it, if you were in the area," Jamie Williamson with the Ithaca Police Department said. "Even if it is small or minor to you it might help us crack open the case.:
Now how family too wants answers and an arrest.
"This young man have so much talent,"Dorsainbil said. "I hope they find whoever do this to us and bring him to justice."
Ithaca College said in a message on its website the school will hold a campus-wide gathering Monday afternoon for students, teachers and faculty.