Bumped shoulder may have led to stabbing on Cornell campus

A friend accidentally bumping into another party-goer may have triggered the fight that led to the fatal stabbing of Anthony Nazaire, the Ithaca College student from Brooklyn who died early Sunday after a party on the Cornell campus, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

“He was with his friend, his friend bumped a girl by accident and he apologized,” older sister Kiara Nazaire, 24, told the Daily News, which also identified the second stabbing victim as the friend who had bumped someone else at the event. We are continuing to withhold that person’s name at the request of police.

While members of the Ithaca College community gathered at Muller Chapel on Monday afternoon, Cornell University interim president Hunter Rawlings sent out a plea to Cornell students to share “any information that would aid in the investigation to contact law enforcement officials.”

Rawlings said, “Of the many eyewitnesses, including those who may possess cell-phone videos, some have given testimony or provided videos while others have not. Anyone with relevant information should speak directly with the police or, if necessary, use the Ithaca Police anonymous tip line at 607-697-0333 or the Cornell Police Silent Witness. Doing so is a responsibility as well as a moral imperative for all members of our community.”

The message from President Rawlings included the information we reported yesterday, that the campus event was “a party at Willard Straight Hall sponsored by a Cornell fraternity, Omega Psi Phi. For several years the fraternity has hosted such an event during the first week of classes.”

IPD spokesman Jamie Williamson said yesterday that 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.

Rachel Cera contributed to this article. For more, follow 14850.com on Facebook and Twitter.