A University of Wisconsin-Stout student from Saudi Arabia died of his injuries after being assaulted in Downtown Menomonie.
Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, who was 24-years-old, was a junior studying business administration, according to USA Today.
“I want to make a personal appeal to anyone on campus or in the community who might have information that would help authorities locate the individual involved in the attack to come forward,”UW-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer said Monday in the statement.
From USA Today:
An assailant described only as a white male about 6 feet tall assaulted Alnahdi shortly after 2 a.m. CT Sunday near a pizza restaurant, according to Menomonie police. Officers found Alnahdi unconscious and bleeding from his mouth and nose before he was hospitalized and died from his injuries Monday.
“It’s a strong community, and he felt very safe and welcome here,” Alnahdi’s English teacher Linda Bark said. “He loved people and making friends.”
https://t.co/jOORHUfZoH We lost a bright spark yesterday to an act of senseless violence-Hussain Saeed Alnahdi didnt pass. He was stolen.
— Ursula Murray Husted (@umurrayhusted) November 1, 2016
“It is difficult to find the right words in light of such of a tragedy, except to express our sorrow for all that knew Hussain,” the University of Wisconsin System’s president, Ray Cross, said in a statement. Menomonie is about 250 miles northwest of Milwaukee and about 175 miles northwest of the University of Wisconsin’s flagship in Madison.
Police are not yet clear on any motive and the assailant is still at large. According to USA Today, some worry that it was a hate crime because of Alnahdi’s ethnicity and religion.
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