A Brooklyn mother is trying to make sense of how her son survived life in Flatbush, only to be fatally stabbed in an early-morning brawl on the campus of Cornell University.
“You take your kid out a neighborhood and you do your best to send him to a good, proper college to make something out of himself and he comes back in a body bag?” Katia Toussaint told the New York Post.
The mother of 19-year-old Anthony Nazaire returned to Brooklyn on Monday morning after claiming her son’s body.
Nazaire was the first in his family to graduate high school and go to college. He was starting his sophomore year at Ithaca College.
To celebrate the first week of classes, Nazaire and his friends decided to attend a fraternity party at a Cornell dorm. On Sunday, he sent his mom silly photos and told her he was going to his “first and last” party of the year, Toussaint said.
“I said, ‘OK go enjoy yourself. Make sure you come home early,’” she recalled, the Post reported. “He said, ‘You know I’m coming early, I don’t stay out.’ And he never came back.”
The fight broke out at about 2 a.m. on Sunday after one of Nazaire’s friends, Rahiem Williams, accidentally bumped into another partygoer.
"He was with his friend, his friend bumped a girl by accident and he apologized," Naizaire’s 24-year-old sister, Kiara Nazaire, told the New York Daily News.
"Both of them apologized, even my brother apologized, and he didn't bump the girl," she added