A Saudi international student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, died a day after he was assaulted on the streets of Menomonie (population 16,200), Wisconsin.
Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, was a junior majoring in business administration. He enrolled at UW-Stout in 2015.
It was 2 a.m. on Halloween night when an assailant described as a white male about 6 feet tall attacked Alnahdi near a pizza restaurant. Police found Alnahdi unconscious and bleeding from his mouth and nose. He was hospitalized and died from his injuries Monday.
Alnahdi was not alone that night. According to a friend, less than an hour before, he had been hanging out with friends at a bar across the street. Also, police said the assault occurred on a crowded sidewalk and there were nearby properties with security cameras.
Linda Bark taught English as a second language to Alnahdi at Stout, she said he was "very popular, very well liked. He was eager to learn, an avid student. He wanted to be an actuary. He had goals. He loved people and making friends."
About 150 of the 9,300 students at the school are from Saudi Arabia. That's about a third of the university's international students.
Alnahdi lived off campus with other students. Police said the motive for the killing is not yet clear. However, some have expressed concerns that it was a hate crime because of Alnahdi's ethnicity and religion.