A woman who allegedly shot and killed two vacationing NYU graduate students outside of a nightclub in Puerto Rico has reportedly been detained.
The woman, who was seen in a video released by authorities, is expected to appear in court Tuesday morning as the search for additional suspects in the fatal shootings of Franco Medina, 29, and Sergio Palomino Ruiz, 28, continues, WABC reported.
Her identity has not been released.
Medina and Palomino Ruiz were celebrating a birthday with pals from NYU’s Stern School of Business when they were gunned down Saturday night, officials said.
The innocent bystanders were caught in crossfire when a dispute between the suspect and others escalated, officials said.
“They were bystanders and unfortunately this tragic event happened to them – they didn’t want it, they didn’t see it, they just finished finals and they went on a holiday,” classmate Connie Luc told the news outlet.
Another classmate, Nick Mica, said: “They were kindhearted people and unfortunately they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“Losing someone is tough, but especially your classmates in a timeframe when you need to be focused on school work, it is tough to keep your mind the right place,” he added to WABC.
In a statement, NYU said the school is “brokenhearted and shocked” by the deaths.
“The University has been in touch with the remaining group members to offer them support and aid; none of the others were injured,” it said.
“NYU has also reached out to the families of the slain students to provide whatever assistance we can and to express the sympathies of the University community. In addition, our counseling service will make resources available to students in the MBA program, the Stern School community, and especially to the close peers and friends of the slain students. NYU grieves today with the family, loved ones, and friends of these students, whose lives ended tragically, suddenly, and far too early,” the university wrote.
Business school classmates set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the two grieving families.
“The Stern community is devastated by the loss [of] our dear classmates, Franco and Sergio. They were such rays of light in our community, constantly bringing laughter, smiles and joy to all of us,” the fundraiser page said. “We express our profound sympathies for their families and want to offer assistance how we can.”