Student charged in University of Waterloo hate-motivated stabbing

Geovanny Villalba-Aleman. Image credit: Twitter @MMORPGNetwork

Waterloo Regional Police reportedly said that a 24-year-old University of Waterloo student has been charged in reportedly a hate-motivated triple stabbing during a gender studies class.

Geovanny Villalba-Aleman was charged with three counts of aggravated assault four counts of assault with a weapon; two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; and mischief under $5,000, said the police.

It was believed by the investigators that the Wednesday afternoon attack was a hate-motivated incident related to gender expression and gender identity.

A 38-year-old female professor, a 20-year-old female student and 19-year-old male student were sent to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Police reportedly arrested the accused, an international student, who was found in the building after the stabbing.

He appeared in court for a bail hearing today.

According to a Facebook page in the name of Geovanny Villalba-Aleman he is originally from Quito, Ecuador, and graduated from the university in April with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics.

His LinkedIn profile says he worked the last year at a local Tim Hortons as a fast food team member.

The campus community is being called by the universityto gather Thursday afternoon “in recognition of the shocking attack and trauma we endured.”

Scheduled for 3:30 p.m., the outdoor meeting will feature remarks and a moment of silence.