On Monday, Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, died. The exchange student from Saudi Arabia was pronounced dead one day after being assaulted on a street in downtown, according to the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.
A little after 2 a.m. on Sunday, Alnahdi was assaulted near Topper's Pizza by a white male, who appeared to be about 6-feet tall, according to Menomonie police.
Police later found Alnahdi unconscious and bleeding from his mouth and nose before he was hospitalized. While in medical care, he died from his injuries, according to police and university officials.
Alnahdi majored in business administration.
"Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to Hussain’s family in Buraydah, Saudi Arabia, and his friends at UW-Stout," UW-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer said in the statement.
University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross also expressed his condolences to Alnahdi's family.
"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.
Police have not released an official motive for the attack, but many believe that it could be a hate crime.
The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations identified Alnahdi as a Muslim and tweeted that the organization was monitoring the investigation into his death.
Early Tuesday morning, Ursula Murray Husted, an assistant professor in comic and sequential art at the university, posted on Twitter: "We lost a bright spark yesterday to an act of senseless violence — Hussain Saeed Alnahdi didn't pass. He was stolen."
Bethany Risler, an admissions counselor at the UW-Stout, wrote in a Facebook post that she recruited Alnahdi and the two exchanged emails while he was still learning English.
“My heart is breaking for his family. May he rest in peace,” she said in the post.
Officials are asking that anyone with information come forward to help find Alnahdi’s attacker.
"I want to make a personal appeal to anyone on campus or in the community who might have information that would help authorities locate the individual involved in the attack to come forward," Meyer said.
Anyone with information about the assault is asked to call Menomonie police Investigator Kelly Pollock at (715) 231-8511. Anonymous information can also be submitted by visiting dunncocrimestoppers.com or by calling (855) 847-3866.
(Photo: Courtney Godfrey via Twitter)
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