Ithaca College Student Stabbed to Death in Brawl on Cornell Campus: Police

Nazaire's cousin, Channelle Nazaire, told NBC New York he was an honors student and had a full ride to Ithaca

What to Know

  • Anthony Nazaire, 19, an Ithaca College student from Brooklyn, was fatally stabbed during a brawl on the Cornell University campus
  • A second student was stabbed during the fight and survived his wound
  • Ithaca police are examining video taken by onlookers' cellphones in an attempt to identify those involved in the fight

An Ithaca College student is dead and another injured after they were stabbed in a brawl early Sunday on Cornell University’s campus, police and school officials said.

Officers located two males suffering from stab wounds at College Avenue and Campus Road around 1:57 a.m., the Ithaca Police Department said. Both were identified as students of Ithaca College.

Anthony Nazaire, 19, of Flatbush, Brooklyn, was taken to Cayuga Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police and family confirmed to NBC New York.

Nazaire's cousin, Channelle Nazaire, told NBC 4 New York that he was a sophomore studying business administration. She said he was an honors student and had a full scholarship.

"He stood out a lot in our family," Channelle Nazaire said.

The other victim, whose identity wasn't disclosed by police, was flown to Upstate Medical Center where he was treated and later released.

Many people at the scene recorded the brawl on their cellphones, police said.

Police haven't said what prompted the fight, or how many people were involved, though both schools' announcements described the fight as large.

“There is nothing more important than the safety of our community; as such, this incident is deeply disturbing,” Ryan Lombardi, Cornell’s vice president for Student & Campus Life, said in a statement. "Support resources are available and details for how to access them can be found at the bottom of this message."

Meanwhile, Ithaca College said in a statement the institution is providing counseling assistance in lounges on campus. The school is also planning a larger community gathering.

Ithaca police are asking anyone who may have information about the incident to call 607-272-3245.

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