The 19-year-old student who was stabbed to death during a fight in Cornell’s campus on Sunday morning has been identified.
Anthony Nazaire, the deceased, was studying business administration at Ithaca College. He had recently returned after spending the summer with his family.
Anthony Nazaire: Officers responded to “large fight”
As reported by The Ithacan, Nazaire was one of the two victims involved in the brawl in front of Olin Hall at the Cornell’s campus. While no suspects have been identified, there is no threat to the public at this time.
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The Ithaca Police Department and the Cornell University Police Department responded to a “large fight” at nearly 2 a.m. Sunday. Nazaire was provided medical assistance then was subsequently taken to the Cayuga Medical Center. He was later pronounced dead.
The other victim was also transported to the Cayuga Medical Center but was later flown to Upstate Medical Center with less severe injuries. The other victim has been yet identified.
Nazaire served as an executive board member of the organization called Brothers4Brothers, the members of which met and discussed political, social, communal and academic issues.
Anthony Nazaire a ‘good student’
From New York, Nazaire is survived by two younger brothers, a younger sister, his father, and a large family with Haitian roots, as reported by the Ithaca Voice.
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His cousin, Channelle, described him as “a very good student.”
“He’s never been in trouble with the law,” Channelle said, adding, “It’s very hard for me to even understand. I’m still in denial about it.”
In an initial release, President Tim Rochon said, “I hope you will hold these students — along with their families, friends, classmates, and professors — in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult and tragic time.”
David Maley, senior associate director of media and community relations at the college, said “those that we believe might be most immediately affected by this on campus” have been offered support.
According to the Cornell Sun, the killing is being investigated. “The Ithaca Police Department is leading a team of several local law enforcement agencies who are engaged in the investigation,” the department said.