A Binghamton University student is accused of stabbing a freshman to death in his dorm room on the New York college’s campus, police say.
Michael Roque, 20, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of fellow student Joao Souza, who was attacked Sunday night in his Windham Hall room, Binghamton University said in a press release.
Souza, 19, was originally from Brazil and lived in Westchester County, New York. He graduated from Blind Brook High School in Rye Brook last year. He is the second Binghamton student to be killed by another student in the past month-and-a-half.
Police have released few details about the killing so far. Here’s what we know about Roque, Souza and the second homicide of a Binghamton University student this year:
1. The Suspect Was Seen by Surveillance Cameras Leaving Souza’s Dorm Room With Gloves On & a Hooded Sweatshirt Covering Most of His Face
A photo of the suspect leaving the victim’s dorm room.
The suspect in the fatal attack, who has since been identified as Michael Roque, was captured on surveillance cameras leaving the dorm room of the victim, Joao Souza, Sunday night, Binghamton University Police said. Authorities released photos of the suspect, showing him wearing gloves with a hooded sweatshirt pulled tight around his head, on Monday, in hopes of identifying and finding him. Roque was not taken into custody until Monday afternoon, the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reports.
Souza was found suffering from stab wounds in his room in Windham Hall Sunday about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, police said. He was rushed to UHS Wilson Medical Center and pronounced dead there. Classes were cancelled Monday as police searched the Binghamton campus in an effort to locate the suspect. Officials called the loss of Souza, and another Binghamton student who was killed last month, Haley Anderson, as “devastating.”
“The last two months have been very, very difficult,” Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger said at a press conference. “You can understand how difficult it must be for parents and for friends. You want to do anything you can to help them through these times.”
Officials stressed that they believe the campus will be safe and said there will be an increased police presence in the coming days. They also said they will be reviewing safety measures.
“I promise that we will learn from this tragedy, and I want to thank all those people who have …read more