[UPDATE 1:26 p.m.] 19-Year-Old HSU Student Dies After Stabbing in Arcata Early This Morning
A 19-year-old Humboldt State University student is deceased after an early morning stabbing. According to Sgt Brian Hoffman of the Arcata Police, he is only able to release a limited amount of information as the case is under investigation. At this point he is able to say, “Officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Spear Avenue to a report of stabbing about 3 a.m.” He stated that a 19-year-old HSU student was taken to Mad River Hospital and pronounced deceased.
Hoffman said, “A suspect was arrested.” The names of the suspect and the victim are not being released at this time.
UPDATE 10:18 a.m.: HSU issued the following statement:
A 19-year-old Humboldt State University student was stabbed and killed last night, and Arcata Police have detained a suspect.The name of the student is being withheld while family is being notified.The incident occurred at an off-campus location. The investigation is being led by Arcata Police Department, with support from the University Police Department.HSU officials are reaching out to the family of the student, and will be offering counseling and other support for friends, faculty, and others on campus who knew him.Students who are in need of support during this time are encouraged to contact the Dean of Students office at 707.826.3504 or visit that office in Siemens Hall 211. For assistance any time, students can contact Counseling & Psychological services at 707.826.3236. Staff or faculty seeking additional support may utilize the Employee Assistance Program at 707.443.7358.
UPDATE 1:26 p.m.: President Lisa Rossbacher of Humboldt State University issued the following statement:
Dear University Community:
I am deeply saddened to share news with you that one of our students has died after a stabbing last night. I have no words to adequately describe the sorrow of this loss. This tragedy is heartbreaking for all of us, and most especially the family and friends of the victim. Our thoughts are with them and we extend our condolences.
We are reaching out to provide support and counseling to members of our University community. We will also be in contact and offering support to family members.
The student’s name is currently confidential while his family is being notified. Because the incident occurred off campus, the investigation is being led by the Arcata Police Department with significant assistance from University Police.
For assistance any time, students can contact Counseling & Psychological Services at 707.826.3236. Staff or faculty seeking additional support may utilize the Employee Assistance Program at 707.443.7358.
Lisa A. Rossbacher, Ph.D.