UPDATED 12:41 PM PT – Friday, December 3, 2021
One Columbia University student is dead and another injured in a stabbing that occurred right outside the campus.
On Friday, the university’s president identified Davide Giri as the deceased student. Giri, who was a PhD candidate for the School of Engineering and Applied Science, was stabbed to death Thursday night by an alleged gang member.
Authorities found another 27-year-old male victim nearby, who is an Italian tourist and had just arrived in New York this week. Reports said the stabbings don’t appear to have been provoked and the suspect likely didn’t even know the victims.
We are deeply saddened to share that Davide Giri, a @CUSEAS graduate student, was killed in a violent attack near campus last night. A criminal investigation is ongoing. We will continue to share updates, including about gathering together as a community, as soon as we are able. pic.twitter.com/einyHRQ3Hj
— Columbia University (@Columbia) December 3, 2021
“There were no words exchanged even between the suspect and the victims. At least according to the second one, which has survived. So, this doesn’t even appear to be a robbery. And it seems like it was a psychiatric incident,” said Mark Levine, member of the NYC Council.
The suspect was apparently in pursuit of a third individual in Central Park when police apprehended him.