Massapequa Man Arrested for Binghamton University Murder

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A Massapequa man was arrested for allegedly stabbing a 19-year-old fellow Binghamton University student to death at the upstate New York campus, according to officials and reports.

Michael Roque, 20, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of freshman Joao Souza in a Windham Hall dorm room on Sunday, according to Binghamton University police.

The suspect, who was apprehended Monday, is being held at Broome County Jail and is due back at Vestal Town Court later this week. The victim was an engineering student from Brazil.

The case comes about a month after another Binghamton student from Long Island, 22-year-old Haley Anderson of Westbury, was killed in her off-campus residence.

Her ex-boyfriend, 22-year-old Orlando Tercero, fled to his native Nicaragua, where he was arrested and is awaiting extradition.

“This has been a very difficult semester for me and the entire campus with two student deaths in just a few weeks,” Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger said in a statement. “These tragedies shake us to the core and we grieve together.”