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Murder of Saudi College Student in Wisconsin Was Not a Hate Crime: Police

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Hussain Saeed Alnahdi
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After nearly three weeks of investigating the slaying of a Saudi college student in Wisconsin, authorities have identified a suspect and announced the attack was not a hate crime.

The name of the suspect is being withheld pending a charging decision from the Dunn County District Attorney’s Office.

University of Wisconsin-Stout student Hussain Saeed Alnahdi was out with friends on Sept. 30 when he was allegedly attacked outside of a pizzeria, authorities have said. The 24-year-old from Saudi Arabia, who was studying business administration and English, died of injuries sustained from the attack the next day.

Following Alnahdi’s death, members of the community in Menomonie, Wisconsin, expressed their shock and despair, with some believing Alnahdi was targeted for his ethnicity.

The Menomonie Police Department released a statement reading, “Through the course of the investigation the MPD hasn’t found any evidence that would suggest the death of Hussain Alnahdi was a hate crime.”

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Alnahdi’s family, who reportedly live outside the U.S., could not be reached by PEOPLE.

The suspect is neither a University of Wisconsin-Stout student or a resident of Dunn County, the news release states. The suspect was identified after authorities conducted out-of-state interviews and examined various pieces of evidence, according to the release.

After the incident, classmates expressed surprise over Alnahdi’s being the victim of violence.

“He didn’t have any enemies that I know of,” classmate Kara Ellis previously told PEOPLE. “He was just the nicest guy. Very quiet. I never saw him get in trouble with anyone.”