The dying Columbia student Davide Giri yelled for help after being stabbed by an alleged gangbanger

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A Columbia University student stabbed to death in Morningside Park screamed desperately for help before collapsing.

“Help, I was stabbed!” exclaimed 30-year-old Davide Giri when he stumbled in the stomach after a fatal knife stab, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Manhattan Criminal Court.

A terrifying surveillance video shows Giri, a native of Italy, being hit from behind and stabbed to death shortly before 11 p.m. in Upper Manhattan Park near Columbia campus during a 20-minute rampage that also injured another Italian the document says.

The injured victim had just arrived in the city as a “visiting scientist” in Columbia, the school said.

The surveillance footage “shows a man wearing a red hoodie under a dark jacket, Davide approaches Giri from behind, makes a stabbing motion and then Giri runs away” before falling to the ground, according to the complaint.

Minutes later, the man in the same red hoodie and jacket stabbed the Italian scholar “several times in the torso,” the document says. The victim was hospitalized for “multiple stab wounds to the back and toros, including one that pierced his internal organs.”

Vincent Pinkney was arrested for allegedly unprovoked stabbing a person on December 2, 2021 at around 11:00 p.m. on W. 110th Street on Morningside Drive in New York, NY.
Christopher Sadowski

The police later found a knife that was “carried out of the pocket of the defendant’s red hoodie,” the papers say.

Doctors at St. Luke’s Medical Center, where Giri was pronounced dead after the attack, said he suffered “a stab wound that pierced his vena cava and killed him,” the ad said.

The new details of the attack surfaced when the accused killer Vincent Pinkney, a 25-year-old ex-convict, was charged with murder, attempted murder and assault in the case on Sunday and was held without bail, authorities said.

Pinkney shuffled into the Manhattan Criminal Court with his hands and legs tied. He was wearing a white tyrek suit to face Judge Neill Ross.

Davide Giri was killed on December 3, 2021 after being stabbed in the stomach on Morningside Drive.
Davide Giri was killed on December 3, 2021 after being stabbed in the stomach on Morningside Drive.
Twitter / Davide Giri

The alleged gang member said nothing and looked subdued throughout the proceedings.

His lawyer demanded that Pinkney should undergo a psychological examination and be placed in protective custody. The judge approved both motions before turning Pinkney back to Riker’s Island.

The defendant had postponed his stomachache indictment for more than a day and had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

During his rampage, Pinkney, who has a long criminal record, also threatened a couple who were walking their dog, authorities said. The threatened man helped police catch the suspect.

Meanwhile, the man Pinkney allegedly wounded, Roberto Malaspina, 27, had only been in the Big Apple for one day when he was attacked. He was hospitalized in stable condition.

In a Twitter post on Saturday, Columbia University said Malaspina had “just arrived from Italy to begin several months as a visiting scholar” at the school.

Pinkney, who sources said is a member of the Everybody Killa or EBK street gang, has 11 arrests in 2012 on various charges.

He was convicted of assault in 2015 after he and three others brutally beat and slashed a man in Jamaica two years earlier.

In this case, he was held in state prison for less than three years, state records show.

Additional coverage from Steven Vago


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