A month after fatal stabbing, “nothing new to report”

A month after the fatal stabbing of Ithaca College student Anthony Nazaire on the Cornell University campus, police tell us there’s “nothing new to report” in their investigation.

“Investigators continue to track down leads and develop more information to help build a solid case,” the Ithaca Police Department’s public information officer, Jamie Williamson, told 14850 earlier today. Cornell and Ithaca police are also now investigating a stabbing earlier tonight on the Stewart Avenue Bridge.

Ithaca and Cornell authorities have repeatedly asked anyone who was in the area to share any details about what they saw. A friend accidentally bumping into another party-goer may have triggered the fight that led to the death of the student from Brooklyn, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

Williamson told us last month that video surveillance reviewed from the scene showed “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.

Cornell University interim president Hunter Rawlings also sent out a plea late last month asking Cornell students who might have “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.”

Police said early on that their investigation had 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.

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