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UPDATE: Suspect in Binghamton University stabbing in custody

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (WSYR-TV & 18 NEWS) - UPDATE: Police have indicated that a suspect is in custody for the stabbing death of Binghamton University student Joao Souza. The suspect is a BU student. 

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The 19-year-old student who died in a stabbing incident at Binghamton University Sunday night has been named.

Police are still looking for a suspect who stabbed Joao Souza – a freshman engineering student – in Windham Hall.

Souza went to high school in New York City. 

According to the school, police do not believe the stabbing was a random act.

Brian Rose, Vice President for Student Affairs, reminded students to keep their Binghamton University IDs on them at all times, and if an ID is lost, to report it to police.

He also said not to allow anyone entry to the residence halls whom students didn't recognize.

Classes at the school are canceled on Monday, but will resume on Tuesday.

University Police are scheduled to host another news conference at 5 p.m. Monday. 

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UPDATE (7:30 A.M.) An "Active Alert" was issued overnight for a reported stabbing on Binghamton University's campus, according to the college's website. The university updated the alert at about 6:45 a.m. to report the victim had died from his injuries. 

Binghamton University's official Facebook page: "We are sad to report that a student has died due to a stabbing on campus that occurred at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15. The deceased is a male, age 19, in his first year at Binghamton University. Further information about the deceased will be provided after his family has been notified. We are in the process of contacting them."

The first alert said the stabbing occurred in Windham Hall and that the suspect ran away from the area.

Since the first alert, reports of a suspect have been issued. The suspect, described as a light-skinned male wearing dark pants and a dark, Puma hooded sweatshirt, remains at large.

Any information that you have should be reported to Binghamton University Police at 607-777-2393.

Investigators from multiple agencies have been interviewing numerous people throughout the night. They have reported that this does not appear to be a random act.

For those in need of counseling services, the Dean of Students Office and CARE Team, along with the University Counseling Center (UCC) and Residential Life, can offer support.

If you would like to speak to someone, reach out to the Dean of Students Office and CARE Team by calling 607-777-2804. The UCC can be reached by calling 607-777-2772. To reach a counselor after hours, students should call 607-777-2772 and select #2. In an emergency, call 911.

Employee Assistance Program staff are available to provide support to faculty and staff dealing with this loss. They can be reached at 607-777-6655 or 607-777-6650 during regular office hours, or an off-campus coordinator can be reached after hours by calling the 24-hour EAP call line at 1-800-822-0244.

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An "Active Alert" was issued overnight for a reported stabbing on Binghamton University's campus, according to the college's website. 

The alert stated the stabbing happened around 10:30 p.m. in Windham Hall. The suspect fled the scene on foot. He's described as a "light-skinned male wearing dark pants and dark hoodie." Police remained on the scene overnight. The college told students to "avoid the area."

Police and university officials are not releasing any further details at this time.  Stay with 18 NEWS for the latest on this breaking news story. 
 


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