Binghamton College pupil charged within the ‘focused’ stabbing loss of life of freshman

The person who police mentioned stabbed a fellow Binghamton College pupil to loss of life on Sunday has been recognized by police and charged with second diploma homicide.

Michael M. Roque, 20, has been charged within the killing of 19-year-old Joao Souza, a freshman, authorities mentioned. Roque has pleaded not responsible.

Souza, an engineering pupil, was attacked at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in a residence suite on the campus close to the Pennsylvania state . Souza had beforehand attended highschool in New York and was a local of Brazil, the place household was notified, in keeping with the college.

“Legislation enforcement believes the assault was not a random act and that the sufferer was focused,” college vp Brian Rose mentioned.

Earlier within the afternoon, college police launched surveillance photographs of the suspect carrying darkish pants and a darkish, hooded sweatshirt as they requested for the general public’s assist.

Police looking for the suspect had been being aided by forest rangers in wooded areas.

The varsity, one of many 4 college facilities in New York’s sprawling state college system, canceled lessons Monday because of the “tragic occasion.” Counseling was being provided to college students and workers.

This was the second slaying of a pupil within the final two months. On March 9, the physique of Haley Anderson, of Westbury on Lengthy Island, was discovered within the off-campus house of a fellow pupil she had briefly dated. She had been strangled.

“For the second time this semester we have struggled to soak up the information that one in every of our college students has been killed,” Rose mentioned.

The Related Press contributed to this report 

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