Suspect in deadly Binghamton University stabbing identified

Grant Boone
April 20, 2018

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the stabbing or the suspect's whereabouts to contact Binghamton University Police at 607-777-2393.

Police say Joao Souza, a 19-year-old freshman engineering student from Brazil, was stabbed to death in his dorm room on Sunday night.

The Broome County district attorney's office is seeking to have that suspect returned from Nicaragua, where he was arrested, to stand trial. Binghamton University's website says that the suspect fled after the stabbing and now remains at large. Police said the suspect fled on foot and is described as a "light skinned male wearing dark trousers and a dark hoodie".

Investigators interviewed witnesses overnight.

Amid the search, university police said the suspect could still be armed and released surveillance photos of him wearing dark trousers and a dark, hooded sweatshirt as they asked for the public's help. However, the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton reported that it occurred in Windham Hall, a residential building. The location of the suspect's capture was also not disclosed.

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'We feel incredible pain and sorrow, we can't even imagine their despair, ' BU Student Affairs Vice President Brian Rose said.

The university said Souza's family had requested privacy.

Souza was a freshman majoring in engineering who graduated past year from Blind Brook High School in Rye Brook, New York.

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. "It could have been any of us", said former student Conrad Taylor.

No classes were held on the Vestal campus on the day after the death of freshman Joao Souza.

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