ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca College and Cornell University are offering counseling services to students after a large brawl early Sunday morning left one student dead and another stabbed.
Police estimate that about 200 people were at the scene, though the fight is though to involve far less people. Both stabbing victims were Ithaca College students and officials have not released the names of the students as of Sunday morning.
Ithaca College President Tom Rochon said in a statement:
The college is reaching out to those who might need counseling assistance. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. today, the lounge in the Circles Community Building will be open for students seeking immediate support. Counselors and professional staff will be present. A larger community gathering is being planned.
Students in immediate crisis should contact the Office of Public Safety at 607-274-3333. Faculty and staff can speak to a counselor through the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-327-2255.
In the meantime, I hope you will hold these students—along with their families, friends, classmates, and professors—in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult and tragic time.
The statement can be read in its entirety here.
Melissa Osgood, of Cornell Media Relations, said any Cornell students needing counseling assistance should contact Gannett Health Services at 607 255-5155. More information about counseling services offered by the university can be found here.
She said she is currently gathering more information about whether additional services or vigils will take place on campus.
Police are asking anyone with video or photos of the incident to contact them here. Officer Jamie Williamson said Sunday morning that police are investigating the incident and interviewing witnesses. He said it will likely be several hours before more information is released.
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