Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, was a Saudi exchange student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout studying business administration since 2015 before he met a tragic, violent end.
Alnahdi was assaulted outside a pizza point near campus. Witnesses say a 6-foot-tall white male, who police haven't yet identified, assaulted the student.
Witnesses said a man attacked Alnahdi and ran away, leaving him unconscious and bloodied. When the police arrived, Alnahdi was lying unconscious and bleeding from his mouth. He was initially taken to a health clinic in Menomonie, and later flew to Eau Claire, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The case is being treated as a homicide by the police.
"Everyone has cried themselves out at this point and we are trying to remember the good times," says his roommate, Tommy Hutson.
Chancellor Bob Meyer condoled Alnahdi’s loved ones.
“Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to Hussain’s family in Buraydah, Saudi Arabia, and his friends at UW-Stout,” he said.
“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,” he wrote on Facebook.
Genesea M. Carter, an assistant professor in the university’s English and philosophy department, took to Twitter to express her pain.
Alnahdi’s death comes at a time when Muslims in the United States are facing an increase in hate crime, especially after Donald Trump’s extremist rhetoric. Trump went as far as calling for a ban on all Muslims in the United States.
Earlier a woman was caught on camera harassing a group of Muslims before throwing her umbrella and coffee at one of them, accusing them of being terrorists.
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