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Suspect in deadly Binghamton University stabbing identified

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Police have identified Michael Roque as the man who allegedly stabbed Binghamton University student Joao Souza to death Sunday night.

Roque, a fellow Binghamton University student, has been charged with second-degree murder. 

Souza appears to have been targeted, and the stabbing was not a random attack, police say. 

19-year-old Souza was found stabbed around 10:30 p.m. Sunday inside a suite in Windham Hall, located in the Mountainview Community.

Oficers were dispatched to the residence hall, where Souza was found seriously injured from stab wounds.

He was taken to Wilson Hospital in Johnson City where he later died.

According to BU officials, Souza is an international student from Brazil, but the New York Post reports that Souza graduated from high school last year in the Westchester County Village of Rye Brook.

State University Police, Broome County Sheriff's deputies and the State Forest Rangers have been searching wooded areas near campus in search of evidence.

BU is offering counseling services for those impacted by the event.

This is the second BU student to be slain during the spring semester, as 22-year old Haley Anderson was killed at 23 Oak Street in Binghamton last month.

Students are encouraged to keep their doors locked, not share their room codes and report any suspicious activity to police.

Anyone with information can call 607-777-2939.


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