A Columbia University graduate student died and another man was injured after Monday’s stabbing in upper Manhattan Thursday night, police and college officials said.
The student, David Gehry, was walking a few blocks from the Morningside Heights campus just before 11 p.m. when he was stabbed in the stomach. He was pronounced dead after he was taken to a hospital in the area.
Police arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with the attack and said on Friday morning that the charges were still pending. His name was not released Friday morning, but police said he was found inside Central Park and that he was threatening a third man with a knife.
In a letter sent out on campus on Friday morning, University President Lee C. Bollinger identified Mr. Jerry, 30, as a student in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and expressed his grief over his passing.
Mr Bollinger wrote: “This news is indescribably sad and deeply shocking, as it happened just steps away from our campus.” “On behalf of the entire Columbia community, I send my deepest condolences to David’s family.”
Mr. Jerry Ph.D. The computer science candidate who was expected to graduate in May began working as a research assistant in Colombia around 2016, after studying at schools in Italy and Chicago, according to his personal website. He played football competitively for over two decades and also received training in classical piano.
in a Statement on TwitterManhattan borough chief Jill Brewer noted the physical proximity between the street where Mr. Jerry was attacked and the Morningside park section several blocks away where an 18-year-old student at Barnard College was stabbed two years ago.
Student Tessa Majors has died after three teens attacked her in an armed robbery. Her death shocked students on the adjacent two campuses and residents of the neighbourhood.
Ms Brewer said she was “deeply saddened” by the death of Mr. Jerry, “who took his life from us so soon”.
“David, as I understand it, came to us from Italy,” she wrote. “His students successfully nominated him for the Teaching Award. Fellow students, department. And the university and family must be destroyed in his tragic death. I share in that grief and devastation.”
Police said the other man who was stabbed on Thursday night was a tourist from Italy and was expected to survive. The man, 27, who was spending his first day in New York, was stabbed in the torso far from the initial attack near the northwest entrance to Central Park.
The separate attacks, which police said they believed were unprovoked, rattled the neighborhood Friday morning.
Haswanth Venkatavejian, a student at Columbia University who lives across the street from where Mr. Jerry was stabbed, said Friday morning that he walked near the site of the attack about half an hour before it happened.
“I don’t know what would have happened if I had been here later,” Mr. Venkatavejian, 22, said, adding that he hoped incidents such as stabbing would not happen near the campus.
Nicole Alexander, a resident of Morningside Heights, said she was walking at the intersection where Mr. Jerry was stabbed while traveling to work. She was not aware of his death, but said she had long been concerned about the area.
Ms. Alexander, 51, said: “There’s always a lot going on here. When I get home, I stay inside, because I know how it is.”