US police probe Cornell brawl that left Ithaca student dead

2016-08-29 22:15

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Ithaca — Police investigating a brawl on the campus of Cornell University that left an Ithaca College student dead and another Ithaca student injured are asking witnesses with cellphone video of the fight to come forward.

The students were stabbed around 02:00 Sunday during a large fight after several hundred college-age people attended a student-organised event at the Cornell student union, authorities said.

Officials identified the slain student as Anthony Nazaire, a 19-year-old sophomore majoring in business administration from Brooklyn.

"He graduated from Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School, and at IC he was a member of the executive board of Brothers4Brothers, a student organisation dedicated to empowering men of colour on our campus," said Ithaca College President Tom Rochon.

"I ask that you keep Anthony's family, the student who was injured, and their friends and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers," Rochon said.

Police did not identify any suspects in the stabbing, which happened as people were leaving an event organised by the Omega Psi Phi fraternity at Cornell's Willard Straight Hall. They said they were interviewing witnesses and believe based on surveillance footage that some captured the killing on video.

"I hope they get caught and justice is done," Nazaire's mother said. "I didn't send my son to school to get murdered."

Naizaire's godfather, Jacques Dorsainvil, said Nazaire "was an intelligent man, polite with everyone. I don't get it, why this happened to us. Everybody knows he's a gift from God."

The other unidentified Ithaca student was treated at a hospital and released.

Both schools said counselling would be available to students, faculty and staff.

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