ITHACA, N.Y. — A Gofundme account has been set up for slain Ithaca College student Anthony Nazaire, who was stabbed to death at Cornell University early Sunday morning.
No arrests have been made and Ithaca police say they are continuing to investigate the case, which is the first homicide in the city in about the past five years.
Police say hundreds of people witnessed the street brawl, likely capturing the fight on video or taking photos. Officials are still asking people who might have images on the incident to contact them.
Nazaire’s cousin Channelle Nazaire previously told The Voice, “He’s never been in trouble with the law. He’s a very good student…It’s very hard for me to even understand. I’m still in denial about it.”
The Gofundme was set up by family members on Tuesday and aims to raise $12,000 to pay for Nazaire’s funeral. As of Wednesday morning, nearly $9,000 has been raised.
Related: View Gofundme page here
Family members wrote on the page, “Any donation we receive would mean the world to us as this tragedy was so unexpected we never expected to be burying Anthony but to actually be waiting to attend his graduation.”
Nazaire was stabbed to death around 2 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of College Avenue and Campus Road. Another Ithaca College student, who has not been identified publicly, was also stabbed and airlifted to a regional trauma center. He has since been released.
On Monday, hundreds of classmates and long-time friends gathered to celebrate the life of Nazaire at Ithaca College’s Muller Chapel. People spilled out onto the lawn, sharing memories about Nazaire. Large black speakers amplified the stories to people gathered on a nearby hill and under the shade of trees to listen.
Nazaire was remembered for his contagious smile, amazing dance skills and ambition. His friends and family said he was driven to be successful and planned to be an entrepreneur.
Channelle Nazaire said that when she thinks about him, one memory especially stands out.
Last year, he sent her a brief video of himself walking to class wearing a suit. He had to give a formal presentation in one of his classes. He told her in the video that is was a sneak peek of what his life was going to be like in the future — him dressed up, going to business meetings.
She said their family is asking anyone with photos or video of what happened last night to contact police.
“Help us find out who did this,” she said in a message.
Police can be contacted at the following resources:
Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245
Police Administration: 607-272-9973
Crime Stoppers Tipline: 607-697-0333
Drug Tipline: 607-330-0000
Email Tip Address: http://www.cityofithaca.org/FormCenter/Ithaca-Police-Department-5/Ithaca- Police-Department-Tipline-47