Saudi student assaulted in Wisconsin, dies of his injuries

MILWAUKEE — A University of Wisconsin-Stout student from Saudi Arabia died one day after being assaulted on a street in downtown Menomonie, Wis., about 70 miles east of Minneapolis, police and school officials said.

Hussain Saeed Alnahdi, 24, was a junior majoring in business administration who enrolled in 2015 at UW-Stout, according to a statement from the university, whose campus is in Menomonie.

"Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to Hussain’s family in Buraydah, Saudi Arabia, and his friends at UW-Stout," UW-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer said Monday in the statement.

"I want to make a personal appeal to anyone on campus or in the community who might have information that would help authorities locate the individual involved in the attack to come forward," Meyer said.

An assailant described only as a white male about 6 feet tall assaulted Alnahdi shortly after 2 a.m. CT Sunday near a pizza restaurant, according to Menomonie police. Officers found Alnahdi unconscious and bleeding from his mouth and nose before he was hospitalized and died from his injuries Monday.

University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross also expressed his condolences to Alnahdi's family.

"It is difficult to find the right words in light of such of a tragedy, except to express our sorrow for all that knew Hussain," Cross said in a statement. Menomonie is about 250 miles northwest of Milwaukee and about 175 miles northwest of the University of Wisconsin's flagship in Madison.

Police continue to investigate the crime and would not comment on a motive.

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