5 things to know about student killed at Cornell University

Anthony Nazaire (Photo Source: Facebook/ Anthony Nazaire)
Photo source: Facebook/ Anthony Nazaire

The campuses of Cornell University and Ithaca College are both in mourning and shock over the killing of college student Anthony Nazaire. So far police have made no arrests in the stabbing of Nazaire and the search for his attacker is still ongoing. Here are a few known facts about the Nazaire and the events that occurred this past Sunday.

1) Nazaire was a business major at Ithaca College and has been described as an intelligent and gifted student. He was a member of Brothers4Brothers, a student organization dedicated to empowering the men of color at Ithaca. His family is devastated over the young man’s death and described him as person more willing to break up a fight than being involved in one.

2) He was attending Ithaca College on an academic scholarship and had dreams of becoming a CEO. Nazaire was from the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School. He was the first member of his family to attend college.

3) The stabbing occurred after an Omega Psi Phi event on campus. Police reported that several hundred students were at the student-sponsored event. Nazaire was doing his version of the “Milly Rock” dance craze and partygoers recorded his impressive moves.

4) The fight started at around 2 a.m. Sunday morning on campus  near Willard Straight Hall, Cornell’s student union. After the party, a friend of Nazaire’s, identified as Rahiem Williams, accidentally bumped into a female partygoer. Nazaire apologized to the young woman even though he was not responsible. According to friends and family, Williams was experiencing stomach pains and was trying to get back home. Sources have stated this is what precipitated the stabbing. Both Nazaire and Williams were stabbed by an unidentified suspect. The pair were transported to separate hospitals with Williams surviving, while Nazaire was taken to Cayuga Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

5) Police have stated that video camera surveillance footage shows a number of people recording the fight on their cellphones.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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