Ithaca College officials have planned a “community gathering” this Monday afternoon in the wake of Saturday night’s stabbing on the Cornell campus that left one IC student dead. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to the gathering at Muller Chapel at 4pm. A message from IC president Tom Rochon says “professional staff, counselors, and chaplains will be present to offer support as we grieve together as a community and begin to process this tragic event.”
The college confirmed this afternoon that 19-year-old Anthony Nazaire, a business administration student from Brooklyn, was the victim of the fatal stabbing that took place on the Cornell campus just before 2am Sunday. Rochon’s statement says IC and the Ithaca Police Department are withholding the name of the second stabbing victim, who was treated and released from Upstate Medical Center earlier today, while police continue their investigation.
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.”
IPD spokesman Jamie Williamson says video surveillance shows a number of bystanders taking photos or video with their phones, and asks anyone who may have information or evidence available 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.
The lounge in the Circles Community Building at Ithaca College was open all day for students seeking immediate support, with counselors and professional staff on hand. According to IC, “Students in immediate crisis should contact the Office of Public Safety at 607-274-3333. Faculty and staff can speak to a counselor through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-327-2255.”
According to Cornell Vice President for student and campus life Ryan T. Lombardi, “CUPD believes there is no longer any ongoing threat to campus.” He says students may consult with counselors from Gannett Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by calling 607-255-5155 or speak with a peer counselor by calling EARS at 607-255-3277. Employees may call the Faculty Staff Assistance Program at 607-255-2673. The Ithaca-based Crisisline is available at 607-272-1616.
“My deepest gratitude goes out to the faculty, staff, and students who have been supporting our students affected by this tragedy,” Rochon said in his statement. “I ask that you please keep Anthony’s family, the student who was injured, and their friends and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”