Police arrest suspect in stabbing death of Binghamton University student


UPDATE: Authorities have announced they have a suspect in custody in the fatal stabbing Sunday night on the Binghamton University campus.

Police wouldn’t give any details on the arrest, it was announced just hours after surveillance photos were released.

University police say 19-year-old freshman Joao Souza was stabbed around 10:30 Sunday night in Windham Hall.

University police had said they didn’t believe the stabbing was random, they thought the engineering student was a target.

Souza was from Brazil and went to high school in Westchester County.

Fellow engineering student at Binghamton, Jacob Citone, was the Valedictorian of Albany High in 2017.

“I did learn that he was a classmate of mine, and so that was certainly very horrifying and shocking and I’m still shaking, processing it all,” said Citone.

The freshman says he didn’t know Souza personally, and that he has always felt safe, despite it’s the second death since he’s been here. In March a 22-year-old nursing student was strangled off campus.

“I think that’s certainly been a lot for the University to handle. I know students are carrying that, it’s like a cloud hanging over us,” said Citone.

Brian Rose, VP of Student Affairs says dorms are always locked and only residents have key card access.

“We’ve always offered safety advice to students living in and off campus,” said Rose.

Classes are set to resume Tuesday. Counselors will also be on hand for students.


BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) -- Binghamton University says the family of a 19-year-old freshman fatally stabbed on campus is located in Brazil.

Engineering student Joao Souza was attacked at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in a residence suite on the campus near the Pennsylvania state line. Souza's family was located in Brazil and requested privacy, according to the university.

The unidentified attacker fled on foot. Authorities say it did not appear to a random act.

Jonathan Ross, superintendent of the Blind Brook school district in Westchester County, told the Journal News that Souza graduated last year from Blind Brook High School in Rye Brook, where he was a standout soccer player.

Counseling is being offered to students and staff.

The school announced that Monday's classes have been canceled.

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