Arrest Made After Binghamton Stabbing, the Second Student Death in 5 Weeks
The death of Mr. Souza, an engineering student who graduated via Blind Brook High School in Rye Brook, N.Y., last year, came just a few weeks after another Binghamton student was killed. Haley Anderson, a 22-year-old nursing student, was found dead in an off-campus residence on March 9 after being strangled.
Though the proximity of the killings rattled students at Binghamton, part of the State University of brand new York system, there was no indication of which they were related. A different suspect was identified within the first case: Orlando Tercero, a fellow nursing student whom the police said Ms. Anderson had briefly dated. The Press & Sun-Bulletin, a newspaper in Binghamton, reported last month of which Mr. Tercero had been accused of slashing Ms. Anderson’s tires in September.
Mr. Tercero fled to Nicaragua, where he has dual citizenship, before Ms. Anderson’s body was found, along with American officials are seeking his extradition.
Harvey G. Stenger, the university president, told reporters of which the two killings in such proximity were “definitely the hardest thing of which I’ve been through since I’ve been here,” adding, “You can understand how difficult of which must be for parents along with for friends.”
In a statement on Monday, Dr. Stenger sought to reassure students along with their parents.
“Unfortunately, we live in a time where violence will be part of society, along with, as a campus of 17,000+ students along with several thousand faculty along with staff, there are occasions where violence will intrude on our campus,” he wrote. “We will continue to focus on keeping ours a safe campus, using a fully empowered state law enforcement agency of which works closely with the residential communities to protect life along with property.”
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