A Tragic Loss in Our Community

December 3, 2021

Dear Colleagues, 

We are writing to express our profound sadness and grief over the loss of Davide Giri, a graduate student at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who was killed last night in a violent attack near campus. For those of you who have not seen it, we are including President Bollinger’s note below to the university community. 

We encourage you to take time this morning to connect with your colleagues and classmates as all of us try to cope with this tragic news and, if needed, to utilize the many university resources available for support and counseling. 

Our hearts are with Davide’s family this morning as they bear this unspeakable loss. 


Lorraine Frazier, RN, PhD 
Dean, School of Nursing 

Linda Fried, MD, MPH 
Dean, Mailman School of Public Health 

Anil K. Rustgi, MD 
Interim Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine  

Christian S. Stohler, DMD, DrMedDent 
Dean, College of Dental Medicine 

President Bollinger’s announcement to the university community: 

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:

I write with great sorrow to share the tragic news that Davide Giri, a graduate student at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, was killed in a violent attack near campus on Thursday night. We have very few details at this time, but we understand that the student was assaulted while walking in the vicinity of 123rd and Amsterdam Avenue. The criminal investigation is ongoing and police have a suspect in custody.

This news is both unspeakably sad and deeply shocking, as it took place only steps from our campus. The University is working closely with NYPD to learn more details of the attack and, of course, we will keep you updated as we learn more.

These are moments when being in a community really matters. I, therefore, encourage you to seek out and be with others, who will need you as much as you need them. Also, please take advantage of the many University resources that can provide comfort and support. Counselors and specialists on the Columbia MorningsideBarnard, and Columbia University Irving Medical Center campuses, as well as pastoral counseling through the Office of Religious Life, are always and readily available. International students also can seek help and referrals through the International Students and Scholars Office. Additional resources will be found through contacting University Life.

On behalf of the entire Columbia community, I send my deepest condolences to Davide’s family.


Lee C. Bollinger