A 24-year-old New Jersey woman attending medical school in the Caribbean was stabbed to death by a fellow student in her dorm on Friday.
The crime occurred in a dorm at the Caribbean Medical University in Curacao.
Authorities say Kan Mei Chan, of Jersey City, New Jersey, had come to the aid of a professor, Dr. Farrah Syed, who was stabbed by fellow medical student Moustapha Khalesa, when she was stabbed several times.
The police report says Dr. Syed and Khalesa, from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, were in a meeting in the professor’s room when an argument erupted between the two.
It is unclear what the two had been arguing about, but the report says Khalesa then began to stab Dr. Syed, who managed to push the medical student out of the room locking the door behind him.
It is believed that Chan and other students, who heard the ruckus in the hallway, went rushing to the professor’s defense and that’s when Chan, who was first to get to the professor, was stabbed.
Khalesa then fled the scene but he was quickly apprehended by students and local residents.
Reports say when he was apprehended, Khalesa kept repeating “what happened?” “What happened?”
Khalesa, who was charged with murder, is currently under psychiatric observation in a jail in Willemstad, the capital of Curacao. Reports say Khalesa, who suffers from depression, had recently transferred from a medical school in Egypt.
Chan, a former Rutgers University student, had just completed her studies on the Caribbean island and was due to return home this week.