Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, a 24 year old Saudi student attending the University of Wisconsin-Stout died on Monday from injuries he sustained during a weekend attack in Menomonie, Wisconsin. No arrests have been made and investigators are treating the incident as a homicide, the Menomonie Police Department said in a statement issued Monday. He was attacked and left bloodied in the street near Toppers Pizza, a restaurant in downtown Menomonie around 2 a.m. on Sunday, according to police.
“The motivation of the offender is unknown at this time,” said Commander Todd Swartz of the Menomonie Police Department. “It can’t be confirmed at this time whether this was a hate crime.”
The university community where the Saudi student lived is searching for meaning in the death of the young man who a classmate described as “a quiet guy”. Alnahdi was a junior majoring in business administration and had arrived at University of Wisconsin-Stout last year. He was enrolled in the school’s English as a Second Language Institute and waiting to be begin business classes, said Mark Fenton, program director of the university’s business department.
Michael Lee, the International Student Adviser at the university, said that Alnahdi “was well-integrated in the student body and he was liked by all different students.”
University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross also sought to offer solace to Alnahdi’s family, friends and the broader college community. “It is difficult to find the right words in light of such of a tragedy, except to express our sorrow for all that knew Hussain,” Cross said in a statement.
University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor Bob Myers wrote in his blog, “It is a normal reaction in a time like this to look for reasons for this tragedy. I certainly have many questions and concerns that I wish we had answers to about what led to Hussain’s assault. But I, along with everyone else who grieves for Hussain, have to wait for the outcome of the Menomonie Police Department investigation into this horrific incident.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an advocacy organization that has tracked a rise in anti-Muslim crimes in neighboring Minnesota, said it is currently monitoring the investigation into the death of this Saudi student.
Hussain’s roommate, Tommy Hutson posted yesterday that a meeting would be held today to remember his friend and discuss how the community can come together in this time of tragedy.
Anyone who witnessed this event or has information regarding this assault is asked to please contact Investigator Kelly Pollock with the Menomonie Police Department at (715) 232-1283. Information can also be provided to the Menomonie Police Department through Dunn County Crime Stoppers at: 1-855-847-3866 or at dunncocrimestoppers.com. You may also Text-a-Tip by texting “TIPDUNN” followed by your message to 274637 (CRIMES).