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UPDATE: Broome County District Attorney’s office says Michael M. Roque, 20, is charged with 2nd degree murder. Court documents say he stabbed Joao Souza multiple times in room G17 of Windham Hall.
A not guilty plea was entered by Roque’s public defender. Officials say Roque will be back in Vestal Town Court in the coming days
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Binghamton University Police and New York State Police have named freshman student, Joao Souza, as the victim of a fatal on-campus stabbing.
The university released a Facebook post naming Souza, 19, and updating the public on the death investigation, which officials say was not a “random act”.
B-ALERT: Binghamton University Police and New York State Police are actively investigating the tragic stabbing that took place on campus Sunday, April 15.
At this time, the police are confident this was not a random act. If there is information that relates to the immediate welfare of students and the campus community, we will communicate it via our alert system.
The victim has been identified as Joao Souza, a 19-year-old freshman engineering student. The family has been notified and has requested privacy.
For students in need of counseling services, the Dean of Students Office and CARE Team, along with the University Counseling Center (UCC) and Residential Life, can offer support. If you would like to speak to someone, reach out to the Dean of Students Office and CARE Team by calling 607-777-2804. The UCC can be reached by calling 607-777-2772. To reach a counselor after hours, students should call 607-777-2772 and select #2. In an emergency, call 911.
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