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Crime Binghamton University cancels classes after second student murder in 5 weeks

21:55  16 april  2018
21:55  16 april  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

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A university in New York canceled classes Monday after the second murder of a student in five weeks . Binghamton University alerted students to the cancellation hours after first-year engineering student Joao Souza, 19, was stabbed to death on campus Sunday night.

For the second time in five weeks a student at Binghamton University has been arrested for murdering a fellow classmate. Michael Roque, 20, was arrested on Monday night for allegedly stabbing to death freshman engineering student Joao Souza on Sunday, police said.

the outside of a building: The stabbing happened inside Binghamton University's Windham Hall residence building. © Provided by Fox News The stabbing happened inside Binghamton University's Windham Hall residence building.

A university in New York canceled classes Monday after the second murder of a student in five weeks.

Binghamton University alerted students to the cancellation hours after first-year engineering student Joao Souza, 19, was stabbed to death on campus Sunday night.

On March 9, Binghamton nursing student Haley Anderson, 22, of Westbury, Long Island, was found murdered at an off-campus residence.

“Due to yesterday’s tragic event on campus, all classes are canceled today, Monday, April 16,” the university said in a statement posted on its website just before 8 a.m.

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A Binghamton University student was fatally stabbed in his dormitory, Windham Hall, last week — the second murder of a Binghamton student in two months.CreditHeather Ainsworth for The New York Times.

A suspect is in custody after a freshman was fatally stabbed at Binghamton University . It was the second killing of a student there in five weeks , leaving the campus tense and grieving.

Souza's parents were in Brazil when they were notified of his death, Binghamton vice president Brian Rose told a news conference. They requested privacy, he said.

University police found Souza seriously injured from stab wounds when they responded to a report of an assault in a dorm suite in Windham Hall after 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Binghamton University police chief Timothy Faughnan told reporters.

Souza was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, Faughnan said.

The assailant fled on foot and was described as a “light-skinned male wearing dark pants and a dark, Puma hooded sweatshirt.” Faughnan said he didn’t know if the suspect was a student.

Police from multiple agencies investigating the stabbing told the university that the stabbing did not appear to be a random act.

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The killings of two students in just over five weeks have left the Binghamton University campus in mourning and on edge. A fellow student, Michael Roque, was charged Monday with second-degree murder in connection to Souza's death, and has pleaded not guilty.

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Rose said Souza’s roommates had been moved to other locations on campus.

Counseling was being offered to students and staff.

Souza was a star soccer player in high school in Weschester County, a New York City suburb, Lohud.com reported.

Anderson's murder shocked the Binghamton campus community. Authorities said she had been strangled, the New York Post reported.

Binghamton student Orlando Tercero, 22, who was also studying to be a nurse, was arrested four days later in Nicaragua and charged with her murder.

“For the second time this semester we’ve struggled to absorb the news that one of our students has been killed,” Rose said.

Binghamton is part of the State University of New York system.

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