A 19-year-old freshman was fatally stabbed on New York's Binghamton University campus and his assailant remained at large Monday, authorities said.
The suspect fled after the killing according to an alert posted on the university's website. A university tweet asked people to be on the lookout for a male in a dark Puma hooded sweatshirt and dark trousers.
State University Police, Broome County Sheriff's deputies and the State Forest Rangers have been searching wooded areas near campus in search of evidence.
The school, one of the four university centers in New York's sprawling state university system, canceled classes Monday due the "tragic event". The location of the suspect's capture was also not disclosed. The investigation is ongoing.
"We feel incredible pain and sorrow, we can't even imagine their despair", said Brian Rose, vice president of Student Affairs, during a Monday news conference.
Souza was from Brazil, university officials told reporters at a Monday news conference.
Souza, an engineering student, was found with stab wounds inside the Windham Hall residence suite at about 10.30 p.m. Sunday.
Jonathan Ross, superintendent of the Blind Brook school district, confirmed to paper that Souza graduated from the district's high school previous year, but could not comment further.
Police have charged a suspect in the deadly stabbing of a Binghamton University freshman who died Sunday.
Part of fostering a safe campus involves quick, clear communication with the community. These tragedies shake us to the core and we grieve together. "I'm absolutely sure we'll do that again".
"This has been a very hard semester for me and the entire campus with two student deaths in just a few weeks", Stenger said.
Souza's death marks the second time a Binghamton student has been killed this semester.
In December 2009, Richard T. Antoun, an emeritus professor of anthropology, was stabbed to death on campus by a graduate student.
Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger released a statement on Monday addressing the safety of students on campus in the wake of the pair of murders.
This was the second slaying of a student in the last two months.
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