Who is Davide Giri? Davide Giri is a 30-year-old Columbia student who died near Morningside Park in were random attacks — and another tourist victim is wounded and took to nearest hospital. The suspect in custody was caught while menacing a third victim with the kitchen knife, cops say.
Who is Davide Giri?
According to the police authority, Davide Giri, a graduate student at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, was killed in a violent attack near campus on Thursday night,” Columbia President Lee Bollinger wrote in an email to students.
On Giri’s personal website, he described himself as a Ph.D. candidate in computer science who had studied at universities in Italy, China, Chicago, and New York. He had authored several journal articles, and given speeches and tutorials around the world.
His résumé mentions a love of classical piano and soccer, and says he volunteered leading summer camps for many years. Father Franco Gallo, parish priest in Giri’s northern Italian home town of Alba—famous for truffles—said Giri was well known in the community for the volunteer work he did with the church. “He was a very devout young man,” he told The Daily Beast, calling the murder a “senseless tragedy.”
Complete Details of the case
Police said they first received a call just before 11 p.m. about a man who was randomly stabbed in the stomach inside Morningside Park, in New York’s Harlem neighborhood. Giri, who reportedly lived just a couple of blocks from the park, was rushed to a hospital but did not survive.
About 10 minutes later, police received another call about a 27-year-old man being stabbed in the torso in the same park. The victim, identified by the New York Daily News as Italian tourist Robert Malastina, was rushed to the hospital and was in stable condition Friday.
A Columbia student who witnessed that attack recalled seeing the suspect run up behind Malastina and start stabbing him in the back and chest, as Malastina cried out, “Why? Why? Help me!”
The suspect “was ecstatic” as he repeatedly plunged the knife into his unsuspecting victim, the witness told the Daily News.
Third Victim escaped from the Attack
The third victim, a 29-year-old man, was walking with his girlfriend near Central Park when the suspect tried to stab him, but he reportedly fled after getting into a verbal fight with the man.
As cops were searching the area, they came across a 25-year-old man fitting the suspect’s description and took him into custody.
Police sources told local outlets that the man is a suspected member of the EVK “Everybody Killas” gang who had been out on parole after a 2013 gang-related assault.
A motive for the frenzied rampage remains unclear.
“This news is both unspeakably sad and deeply shocking, as it took place only steps from our campus,” Bollinger said in his email to students.
Almost two years ago to the day, 18-year-old Barnard College student Tessa Majors was fatally stabbed in Morningside Park by a group of teens who tried to steal her phone.