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Student from Rye Brook stabbed to death at Binghamton University

Posted: 7:54 AM, Apr 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-16 13:49:23-04

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — A freshman from Westchester County was stabbed to death on campus at Binghamton University on Sunday, school officials said Monday.

Joao Souza, a 19-year-old engineering student from Rye Brook, was killed around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the university alert system .

The attack happened on the ground floor of an on-campus residence hall and multiple students believe he was stabbed in the neck, according to Binghamton student paper Pipe Dream .

Police said that it “does not appear to be a random act.”

The suspected attacker is a light-skinned man wearing dark pants and a dark, Puma hooded sweatshirt, the university said. He remains at large. The university did not say if he was also a student.

He fled on foot from the scene, the Associated Press reports.

Souza graduated last year from Blind Brook High School in Rye Brook, where he was a standout soccer player, Jonathan Ross, superintendent of the Blind Brook school district in Westchester County, told the Journal News .

His family is in in Brazil and has requested privacy, university officials told the AP.

Souza’s death comes a month after after Binghamton University nursing student Haley Anderson, 22,  was found strangled to death at an off-campus residence on March 9. Orlando Tercero, a nursing student at Binghamton who had a previous relationship with Anderson, was taken into custody . Tercero had flown to Nicaragua before her body was discovered.

Binghamton University Police and New York State Police are investigating. Anyone with information should call BinghamtonU Police at 607-777-2393.