Brooklyn undergrad danced shortly before...prompted attack
Before a bump on a shoulder likely sparked his fatal stabbing, Brooklyn undergrad Anthony Nazaire cut up the dance floor inside Cornell University's student union.
Exclusive video shot shortly before his murder shows the Ithaca College sophomore near the center of a circle of partygoers, dancing to the beat of a mixtape track from Bronx rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.
Others at the student-organized party at Cornell's Willard Straight Hall held up phones to record Nazaire's moves, unaware their videos would provide some of the last images of his short life.
Hundred attended the orientation week party, cops said. When it was over, Nazaire's pal Rahiem Williams inadvertently knocked into another reveler, his heartbroken sister said Monday.
"He was with his friend, his friend bumped a girl by accident and he apologized," older sister Kiara Nazaire, 24, told the Daily News.
"Both of them apologized, even my brother apologized, and he didn't bump the girl," the stunned sister said.
Williams also got stabbed in the bloody brawl but survived, she said.
He later called Kiara crying, saying he felt responsible and wanted to apologize, she told The News.
"It's not his fault," Kiara said Monday. "They didn't ask for it. I know my brother - my brother's not gonna argue with any girls."
Nazaire, 19, had just returned to school after spending his summer break back home in Flatbush, his family said.
He spoke to his mom by phone moments before leaving to attend the party, mother Katia Toussaint, 40, told The News.
He vowed it would be his one night out before buckling down and focusing on his studies, she said.
"I'm going to a party for the first and last time for the year," Nazaire told his mom, according to Toussaint. "You know I'm coming in early. I don't stay out."
He never returned, leaving his mom "numb" with grief, she said.
"All I know is that my friends went to a party and tried to go to an after party and they had a large group and separated. They had an altercation because (Williams) bumped into a girl," Glenni Rodriguez, a fellow Ithaca College sophomore who provided the dancing video, told The News.
Nazaire's sister said cops told the family they have one suspect in the senseless slaying.
A knife that may have been the murder weapon was recovered from the scene.
"If you have anything - don't be a coward, don't feel like it's snitching. Send us the pictures," Kiara said Monday in a desperate plea to any witnesses.
"Anthony didn't deserve this. He wasn't a troubled kid," she said.NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Monday, August 29, 2016, 4:37 PM