An Italian student at Columbia University was stabbed to death by a young man late Thursday night in New York, who then stabbed a second Italian and injured a third passerby.
New York police today confirmed the death of 30-year-old Davide Jiri, who succumbed to his injuries at the hospital where he was taken. The unfortunate student was in Haarlem, northwest Manhattan, when he was attacked by a young man who had previously been jailed for other acts of violence.
In a statement, University President Lee Bollinger confirmed the "tragic loss" of Davide, who was studying at the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
The Italian Foreign Ministry also said that a second Italian was injured in the attack. According to the New York police, the 27-year-old Italian has injuries on his body and his condition is considered stable. The 25-year-old perpetrator was arrested a few hours later, north of Central Park, when he was threatening a third man, aged 29, with a knife.
The Daily News reported that the perpetrator is a member of a gang from Queens and has served a four-year prison sentence and has been arrested several times for violent incidents.
(KYPE - ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ-AFP / ΗΦ)