Ithaca PD releases statement on homicide investigation; still few answers

UPDATE: Wednesday, 7:49 pm

The Ithaca Police Department released a statement Wednesday evening on the progress of the investigation into the homicide investigation, which left one injured and another dead on the Cornell University Campus.

The statement read:

The investigation into the stabbing death of Anthony Nazaire is moving steadily and methodically. A team of over twenty Investigators from the Ithaca Police Department, Tompkins County Sheriffs Department, New York State Police, Cornell University Police Department, and Ithaca College Officer of Public Safety is working to establish the circumstances that transpired before, during, and after the stabbing.

Investigators have developed solid information regarding what occurred, and are renewing their request for additional videos and for witnesses to come forth with information that will aid this investigation. Earlier this afternoon Deputy Chief Vince Monticello stated “we are working methodically to put the pieces of the puzzle back together.

Unfortunately it takes time to sort through all the information and all the evidence. Our team of Investigators is doing a great job, and I’m confident that when our investigation is complete we’ll bring justice to whoever did this.”

Anyone with information or video evidence of the scene is urged to contact Ithaca Police using the following methods:

Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245
Police Administration: 607-272-9973
Crime Stoppers Tip Line: 607-697-0333
Drug Tip Line 607-330-0000
Email Tip Address: http://www.cityofithaca.org/FormCenter/Ithaca-Police-Department- 5/Ithaca-Police-Department-Tip Line-47
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ithacapolice
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ithacapolice
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UPDATE: Monday, 11:00 am

Police have identified the male victim who died early Sunday morning in a stabbing, which happened during a fight on the Cornell University campus.

Authorities say Anthony Nazaire, 19, of Brooklyn, New York – who was studying business administration at Ithaca College – died from injuries sustained during one of several fights, which broke out outside of a student-organized event in Willard Straight Hall on the Cornell Campus.

Investigators say that several fights broke out after the event, which was attended by several hundred college-aged students. Video surveillance viewed by police investigators thus far reveals numerous persons in the area recording the incident with their mobile devices.

Several motorists can also be seen in the immediate area. Police investigators are asking anyone with information, who might have been in the area as a pedestrian or motorist to contact the Ithaca Police Department.

Those with cell phone video can forward those files to [email protected].

UPDATE: Sunday, 12:00 pm

Reports indicate that as many as 200 people were at the scene, when a large brawl broke out – leaving one person dead, and another with multiple stab wounds. The Ithaca Police Department notes that an active homicide investigation is underway and video or photographic evidence is being sought from anyone who might have seen, or recorded the events that left one dead, and another injured. Both Cornell University and Ithaca College have noted that counseling will be available for any students following the events, which unfolded in the early-morning hours Sunday.

In a statement Ithaca College President Tom Rochon announced Sunday that the deceased individual was in-fact a student of the college. Specific identities of the individuals involved, including the two who were injured have not been released or announced yet.

FingerLakes1.com will continue to update this story as more information becomes available. Continue reading below to see President Rochon’s complete statement, as well as the original story and additional links.

Statement from VP for Student & Campus Life at Cornell Ryan Lombardi

As noted in a Crime Alert issued early this morning, shortly before 2 a.m. two individuals were stabbed during a large fight near the intersection of College Avenue and Campus Road. The Cornell University Police Department (CUPD) believes there is no longer any ongoing threat to campus.

One of the victims, a student at Ithaca College, was released from the hospital after receiving medical treatment. I am saddened to report that the other victim, also a student at Ithaca College, has died. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased. 

The identities of the individuals have not yet been released, as family members are still being notified.

The Ithaca Police Department (IPD) is leading an investigation into this tragic incident with the support of CUPD and other law enforcement agencies. More details will be provided by IPD as the investigation continues. Information that may be helpful to the police investigation should be provided to CUPD by calling 607-255-1111.

There is nothing more important than the safety of our community; as such, this incident is deeply disturbing. Please be sure to take care of yourselves and each other throughout the coming days.  Support resources are available and details for how to access them can be found at the bottom of this message.

Ryan Lombardi
Vice President for Student & Campus Life

Statement from Ithaca College President Tom Rochon

It is with great sadness that I inform the Ithaca College community that one of our students passed away at Cayuga Medical Center early on the morning of Sunday, August 28, from injuries sustained in a stabbing incident that occurred off campus, near the intersection of College Avenue and Campus Road. Another Ithaca College student who was stabbed in that incident was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a regional trauma center.

We are not identifying the students at this time, pending notification of their families.

The investigation into the incident is being conducted by the Ithaca Police Department, with assistance from other law enforcement agencies. The perpetrator or perpetrators have not been identified. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who might have information on this incident is asked to contact the Ithaca Police Department at 607-272-3245, or on the tipline number at 607-697-0333.

We will update the campus community as more information becomes available.

The college is reaching out to those who might need counseling assistance. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. today, the lounge in the Circles Community Building will be open for students seeking immediate support. Counselors and professional staff will be present. A larger community gathering is being planned.

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.

In the meantime, I hope you will hold these students—along with their families, friends, classmates, and professors—in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult and tragic time.

Tom Rochon

Original Report

The Ithaca Police Department has launched a homicide investigation after two individuals were stabbed in the city overnight.

Authorities say that around 1:57 am officers from the Ithaca Police Department and Cornell University Police Department responded to a large fight at the intersection of College Avenue and Campus Road. Upon arrival officers say they located two male victims suffering from stab wounds.

Medical aid was immediately provided to the two men by first responders on scene. They say one victim was flown to Upstate Medical Center for treatment of several stab wounds – and was later released. The other victim was transported to Cayuga Medical Center and was pronounced dead later in the morning.

Police say a homicide investigation was launched immediately and multiple agencies are working together as they move through the investigation. The Ithaca Police Department is leading a team of several local law enforcement agencies in the investigation. The New York State Police Forensic Identification Unit is processing the crime scene.

Witness interviews and suspect information is being put together by the Ithaca Police Department. Little information is known at this time, but authorities say they will not be identifying the names of the victims – until family members have been notified.

Anyone with information or cell phone video from the large fight that led to the stabbing is urged to contact the Ithaca Police Department.

More on this story from around the Finger Lakes:
Ithaca College, Cornell University offering counseling services after homicide
IC student dead after large brawl
– Ithaca College reacts after student is stabbed to death
Ithaca Police: One dead after stabbing in middle of Cornell University campus

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