A crowd that spilled out of a late-night event on the Cornell campus turned into a brawl that left two Ithaca College students stabbed, one of them fatally. The deceased student has been identified as 19-year-old Anthony Nazaire, a business administration student from Brooklyn.
Police say their investigation has determined that “several hundred college-aged people attended a student-organized event in Willard Straight Hall on the Cornell Campus, and several physical altercations took place outside after the event concluded.”
The event was an orientation week gathering hosted by the Cornell chapter of Omega Psi Phi, a predominantly African-American service fraternity with hundreds of chapters around the world. The organization was founded at Howard University in 1911, and Cornell’s chapter was founded in 1982.
Cornell says police responded at about 1:57am on Sunday after getting “a report of a large fight in front of Olin Hall.” The altercation was in the area of Ho Plaza, at the intersection of Campus Road and College Avenue. Responders found two male victims had been stabbed, began medical treatment, and secured the area. One was taken to Cayuga Medical Center “for treatment of serious injuries,” and was later pronounced dead, and the other man was “flown to a regional trauma center.” He was treated and released at Upstate Medical Center, according to IPD.
According to Ithaca Police Department public information officer Jamie Williamson, video surveillance that’s been reviewed so far at the scene shows “numerous persons recording the incident with their cell phones.” He asks any motorists or pedestrians who were in the area at the time and may have seen something that could contribute to the investigation to contact IPD through police dispatch at 607-272-3245, the administration line at 607-272-9973, the Crimestoppers Tipline at 607-697-0333, or the anonymous online tip form. Williamson says video can also be forwarded directly to him at JWilliamson@cityofithaca.org, and “people can remain anonymous” if they so choose.
Rachel Cera contributed to this article.