Ithaca College Stabbing: One Student Dead Following Midnight Brawl, Victim Identified

Hours after an Ithaca College student was stabbed to death following a brawl, police officials investigating the incident have identified the victim. According to The New York Daily News the student has been identified as 19-year-old Anthony Nazaire who was an Ithaca College sophomore from Brooklyn.

The incident that led to the death of Anthony was reported in the early hours of Sunday morning- at around 1:57 a.m., local time when Police officers from the Ithaca Police Department and the Cornell University Police Department responded to a large fight at College Avenue and Campus Road. Upon reaching the spot, officers found two people grievously injured with stab wounds. Arrangements were quickly made to transport the injured victims to hospitals. One student was transported to the Upstate Medical Center and was later released. Anthony was transported to the Cayuga Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Later, Ithaca College released a statement on its official Facebook page confirming that both the students were students of the same institution. We have reproduced the statement in its entirety, below.

“It is with great sadness that I inform the Ithaca College community that one of our students passed away at Cayuga Medical Center early on the morning of Sunday, August 28. Shortly before 2 a.m. two individuals were stabbed during a large fight near the intersection of College Avenue and Campus Road. The second Ithaca College student who was stabbed in that incident was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a regional trauma center and released.

“We are not identifying the students at this time, pending notification of their families.

“The investigation into the incident is being conducted by the Ithaca Police Department, with assistance from other law enforcement agencies. The perpetrator or perpetrators have not been identified. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who might have information on this incident is asked to contact the Ithaca Police Department at 607-272-3245, or on the tipline number at 607-697-0333.”

Meanwhile, officials from the Ithaca Police Department have confirmed that they have launched a comprehensive investigation into the incident with the help of several other local law enforcement agencies. In fact, there are already talking to several witnesses who have come forward. This, according to police officials, will help them nab the people behind the stabbings soon.

Anthony’s family members have in the meantime confirmed to local news channels that he had returned to the area only a few days ago after spending the summer with his family. Nazaire lived with his 24-year-old sister as well and his mother in the the Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn. Anthony also had two younger brothers and a younger sister. His extended family members have Haitian roots. He is also survived by his father.

According to Anthony’s cousin Channelle Nazaire, he was a student of Business Administration at the college and described him as a very good student who had never been in trouble with the law.

“He’s never been in trouble with the law. He’s a very good student. It’s very hard for me to even understand. I’m still in denial about it.” Channelle told reporters while adding that Anthony was on his way to making his life better. He had hoped to become an entrepreneur and wanted to help his family out.

“He’s really, really a great kid,” she added.

Anthony was an avid gamer as well who loved playing games on his PlayStation 4.

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