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Columbia graduate student stabbed to death in New York: report

The Columbia University graduate student who was stabbed to death Thursday in New York City called for help moments after the attack, according to a report.

“Help, I was stabbed,” shouted Davide Giri, 30, as he stumbled, The New York Post reported, citing a criminal complaint. The newspaper reported that Giri, from Italy, was rushed to St. Luke Medical Center, which is just across the road from the university, where he was pronounced dead. The fatal stab wound punctured his vena cava.

Italy’s Foreign Ministry said Giri and the surviving victim were both Italian citizens. The ministry said in a statement that it was offering assistance to the injured and Giri’s family. The ministry did not indicate that Giri and the other man knew each other.

The Post called the stabbing a random attack near the school’s Morningside campus shortly before 11 p.m. He eventually fell, according to the newspaper.

A second knife victim, a 27-year-old man, was discovered about ten blocks south of where Giri was attacked, police said. The 27-year-old was taken to the same hospital and was in stable condition on Friday, police said. Police did not disclose the name of the second victim.


Vincent Pinkney, 25, is charged with the murder. He has a long rap sheet, the newspaper said.

The murder took place near the same park where Tessa majors, the Barnard College freshman, was killed two years ago.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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