Ithaca College Student Stabbed to Death After Fight on Cornell Campus

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Ithaca had gone five years without an homicide, which only adds to the hurt this Brooklyn mother feels over the loss of her son.

“You take your kid out a neighborhood, and you do your best to send him to a good, proper college to make something out of himself, and he comes back in a body bag?” an emotional Katia Toussaint said of her son, Anthony Nazaire, a 19-year-old Ithaca College sophomore pursuing a business degree.

Nazaire was stabbed to death in the normally peaceful city of Ithaca early Sunday when a large brawl broke out following a party hosted on the Cornell campus by the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

He was trying to get his friend, Rahiem Williams who was sick at the time, home to bed when Williams accidentally bumped a woman’s shoulder and sparked a massive fight.


Ms. Toussaint said she checked in with her son earlier Saturday, when he sent her silly photos and mentioned he was going to a party — his “first and last one” of the year.

“I said, ‘OK, go enjoy yourself. Make sure you come home early,’ ” she recalled. “He said, ‘You know I’m coming early. I don’t stay out.’ And he never came back.”

Nazaire, was the first in his family to graduate high school and attend college, had just returned to Ithaca College last week to start his sophomore year.

“He graduated from Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School, and at (Ithaca College) he was a member of the executive board of Brothers4Brothers, a student organization dedicated to empowering men of color on our campus,”

He had earned a full ride and was studying business administration in hopes of one day opening his own bank, said his older sister, Kiara Nazaire.Efforts to obtain information on the suspect are ongoing, police said.

Efforts to obtain information on the suspect are ongoing, police said.

Who He Was

“He was always about success and always about moving forward,” said Cox, a sophomore in the math and economics program. “He wanted to get something tomorrow that he didn’t have yesterday.”

Because there were many motorists and pedestrians in the area at the time, anyone who witnessed the fight at the Ivy League school or captured it on cell phone video is encouraged to contact Ithaca police. Read full article at CNN




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