Binghamton stabbing not ‘random’ investigators believe

Authorities are on the lookout for the killer of a 19-year-old engineering student stabbed Sunday night at Binghamton University.

Joao Souza, a freshman, was stabbed around 10:30 p.m at Binghamton’s Mountainview College, a move officials believe wasn’t random. The suspect, described as a light-skinned male wearing dark pants and a dark, Puma hooded sweatshirt, is still at large.

He could be armed and dangerous, Binghamton University Police Chief Timothy Faughnan said in a Monday press conference.

Campus authorities have coordinated with New York State Police for additional personnel, canine assets, investigative support, and forensic resources.

“We have utilized every available resource to make sure that we are leaving no stone unturned,” said Faughnan.

The investigation has grown throughout the afternoon according, campus police reported.

Since the incident, there’s been greater police presence at Binghamton to help students feel safe on campus, Faughnan said.

Beyond Binghamton, campus police and a member of the Dean of Students Office and CARE Team contacted Souza’s parents in Brazil Monday morning.

“First and foremost, let me reiterate our deepest sympathies to the Souza family and to all of Joao’s family and friends,” said Brian Rose, Binghamton vice president for student affairs, in a press conference. “We feel incredible pain and sorrow, but can’t even imagine their despair.”

Souza, a Westchester County native, is the second Binghamton student killed in two months.

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