While the stabbing of Anthony Nazaire on Cornell’s campus earlier this month received widespread attention from both local and national media outlets, the incident follows several serious crimes earlier this year, similar in nature, that received far less attention.
Ithaca police have responded to shootings and armed robberies within the last year. Although many were shocked when Nazaire was stabbed and killed on Cornell’s campus, his was not the only Ithaca stabbing in the last year — it was just the only fatal one.
Earlier in August, an incident involving a stabbing occured on the 400 block of Eddy Street. The victim was not affiliated with the University and was transported by plane to a regional trauma center due to severe wounds to the abdomen.
Similarly to the stabbing of Nazaire, no information was available about the incident’s perpetrators or suspects responsible for the stabbing.
A different altercation occurred in early May, when Cornell Police responded to reports of an ongoing fight at around 2 a.m. on College Ave., near Myron Taylor Hall, just down the street from where Nazaire was stabbed.
Eric J. Kim ’17 was charged with one count of assault in the second-degree for inflicting “serious physical injuries” on another student who had been trying to diffuse a fight involving a friend, The Sun reported.
Despite the number of witnesses, the Nazaire murder investigation, unlike the investigation of group fight that occurred in May, has so still not yielded any suspects.