Assailant, Motive Sought in Killing of Saudi Student

November 4, 2016

The University of Wisconsin Stout announced a $15,000 reward, funded by private donations and the university foundation, for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the fatal beating of a student from Saudi Arabia. The Council for American-Islamic Relations has pledged another $5,000 reward.

Hussain Saeed Alnahdi (at right), a junior from Saudi Arabia majoring in business administration, died Monday from injuries he sustained in an assault that occurred shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday near a pizza restaurant in downtown Menomonie, Wis., according to a statement from the university. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the police chief for the city of Menomonie said in a Wednesday press conference that authorities have not identified a suspect or motive for the assault, but have not ruled out the possibility it was a hate crime.

About 1,000 people attended a memorial service for Alnahdi at the university Thursday evening.

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