Release Date: October 19, 2022
BUFFALO, N.Y. – University at Buffalo Police have made significant progress in identifying individuals involved in the altercation that led to the tragic death of a 19-year-old Buffalo State College student near Richmond Quad on the North Campus Friday, Oct. 14.
Throughout its investigation, UB Police have worked closely with local law enforcement partners, including the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.
“All evidence in our comprehensive investigation continues to indicate that this was not a random act of violence on our campus, but rather an isolated incident among known individuals,” UB Police Chief Chris Bartolomei said. “Although we are unable to share additional details about our investigation or the individuals involved in the altercation at this time, I am confident in stating that there is no ongoing danger to the university community.”
UB Police stress that a violent incident such as the tragedy that occurred on Friday is extremely rare at the university, noting that it has been more than three decades since anything similar occurred on campus.
Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure students feel safe, UB Police will continue to maintain a heightened patrol presence around North Campus residence halls through the weekend.
“I want to thank the members of the university community for their assistance, understanding and fortitude during this unsettling time,” Bartolomei said. “I am steadfast in my belief that our campuses remain a safe place to learn, live, work and visit.”
Anyone with information about the incident or the person of interest is urged to contact University Police at 716-645-2222.
Staff from UB Counseling Services were available throughout the weekend to provide crisis consultations to students impacted by Friday’s incident. Students can continue to contact Counseling Services at 716-645-2720 for same-day or needs-assessment appointments.
UB continues to extend its sincerest condolences to the victim’s family, friends, and the entire Buffalo State community.