A SUNY Potsdam music education student and cellist was found shot to death just off-campus by a man who police and school officials say had no affiliation with the school.
The body of Elizabeth Howell, 21, was discovered lying on the side of College Park Road on Friday, having been fatally shot allegedly by 31-year-old Michael J. Snow, according to .
Snow was arrested a day later on Saturday and charged with second-degree murder.
In the time between the discovery of Howell’s body and Snow’s arrest, authorities had urged students and locals to travel in groups and keep their doors locked before police learned the shooting was an isolated incident.
Elizabeth Howell, 21, pictured, was discovered lying on the side of College Park Road on Friday, having been fatally shot just outside of the SUNY Potsdam campus
Pictured: 31-year-old Michael J. Snow, who police said allegedly shot Howell to death just outside of campus. Snow was not a student, nor was he affiliated with the school in any way
It was not immediately clear what the relationship was between the two, however school administrators did confirm that Snow had ‘no affiliation with the College, either as a student, employee or graduate.’
A mugshot of Snow taken after his arrest on Saturday shows him sporting a slight smirk, alongside long, unkempt hair and a beard.
Howell, a cellist from Patterson in Putnam County, was set to graduate this year with a degree in music education, the school said.
‘Beth was a cellist who performed with the Crane Symphony Orchestra, and she was an aspiring educator with a bright future ahead of her,’ the post stated.
Howell, a SUNY Potsdam music education student and cellist, terbaik sumatera pictured above performing at the school’s Crane School of Music
SUNY Potsdam, pictured, is located in St. Lawrence County roughly 30 miles from the Canadian border
Howell, who was from Patterson in Putnam County, was set to graduate this year with a degree in music education
‘No words can express the sadness we share as a campus community following this tragic loss.’
SUNY Potsdam, which is located in St. Lawrence County roughly 30 miles from the Canadian border, canceled classes for Monday in response to Howell’s death, and has also canceled or rescheduled various activities.
The small liberal arts school has an enrollment of 2,352 undergraduate students and 255 graduate students.
Meanwhile, a memorial space for Howell has since been set up inside the Hosmer Gallery in the lobby of the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at the school’s renowned Crane School of Music.
Snow was arraigned shortly after his arrest on Saturday and taken to St. Lawrence jail, where he is being held without bail.
No other information has been released on Snow as of Sunday. An investigation into Howell’s death remains ongoing, according to authorities.