USC Student Fatally Stabbed in Neighborhood Attack

Los Angeles campus tense after killing, sexual assaults
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2008 5:58 AM CDT
The University of Southern California (USC) campus in Los Angeles.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – USC students are demanding the university beef up security after a film student was fatally stabbed yesterday in a neighborhood attack, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Idaho native was killed after an argument with a man in an apartment complex near the LA campus. A wave of anxiety has gripped the campus since the slaying—and two recent sexual assaults near university-owned housing.

Police and university officials said the recent crimes were upsetting, but stressed that the surrounding neighborhood remains mostly safe and the recent incidents did not constitute a crime wave against students.