Ithaca College Student Stabbed to Death During Brawl at Cornell University

Anthony Nazaire

Police are investigating a fight on the Cornell University campus that left a 19-year-old Ithaca College student dead and another Ithaca student injured, the Associated Press reports.

According to the report, the two students were stabbed around 2 a.m. Sunday after a huge brawl that occurred as people were leaving an event organized by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity at Cornell.


Anthony Nazaire, a 18-year-old sophomore from Brooklyn, N.Y., was killed in the fight.

"He graduated from Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School, and at IC he was a member of the executive board of Brothers4Brothers, a student organization dedicated to empowering men of color on our campus," Ithaca College President Tom Rochon said in a statement. "I ask that you keep Anthony's family, the student who was injured, and their friends and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers."

Police have not identified any suspects in the stabbing but have asked for any witnesses with cellphone footage of the fight to come forward. According to the report, authorities believe, based on surveillance footage, that the stabbing was captured on video.

“I hope they get caught and justice is done,” Nazaire’s mother, Katia Toussaint, told the New York Daily News. “I didn’t send my son to school to get murdered.”


“God gave him gifts. He would hold me and tell me how good he was going to be,” Nazaire's godfather, Jacques Dorsainvil, added. “He was an intelligent man, polite with everyone. I don’t get it, why this happened to us. Everybody knows he’s a gift from God.”

The other Ithaca student who was injured in the incident was treated at the hospital and released.


Read more at the Associated Press and the New York Daily News

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