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Binghamton University Professor, Antoun, Murdered

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Antoun, 77, of Vestal, died at Wilson Regional Medical Center in Johnson City, where he was rushed following an attack against him inside BU’s Science I building by graduate student Abdulsalam Al-Zahrani, 46, of Binghamton.

According to police radio transmissions, Antoun was stabbed four times with a 6-inch kitchen blade while he was inside a campus office.

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Abdulsalam Al-Zahrani, 46, of Binghamton has been charged with the murder of Binghamton University Professor Richard Antoun (Photo provided)

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Abdulsalam Al-Zahrani has been charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Binghamton University Professor Richard T. Antoun.

Binghamton University Prof. Richard Antoun
Binghamton University Prof. Richard Antoun

Al-Zahrani was taken to the Broome County Jail at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, said Broome County Sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Carlson. He arraigned in Vestal Town Court Saturday morning. No bail was set.

Al-Zahrani, of Main Street, Binghamton, was charged by Binghamton University Police. Al-Zahrani was a cultural anthropology student working on his dissertation, according to the university Web site.

The fatal stabbing Friday of the longtime Binghamton University anthropology professor Antoun has left the community with more questions than answers, again.

  • Prof. Richard Antoun remembered as gentle man dedicated to dispelling stereotypes about different cultures
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    Written by Steve

    December 11, 2009 at 6:13 pm