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A graduate student was killed and a student from Italy was injured in stabbings just minutes apart near Morningside Park Thursday night.
A photo obtained by The Post shows the knife that police say was used by a gang member to kill a Columbia University graduate student and wound an Italian tourist in Upper Manhattan.
The white-handled boning knife, with a 6-inch blade, was allegedly seized from suspect Vincent Pinkney, 25, when he was arrested in Central Park after the bloody rampage Thursday night.
Victim Davide Giri, 30, was fatally stabbed in the stomach shortly before 11 p.m. inside Morningside Park before tumbling and collapsing onto West 123rd Street near Amsterdam Avenue.
Davide Giri was killed in an unprovoked attack on December 2, 2021.
The native Italian’s murder took place just steps from where 18-year-old Barnard College student Tessa Majors was stabbed to death in the park nearly two years ago.
Vincent Pinkney was arrested in connection with the stabbings.
About 15 minutes after Giri was stabbed, 27-year-old tourist Roberto Malaspina, who arrived in the Big Apple on Wednesday, was attacked from behind while walking down West 110th near Columbus Avenue and stabbed in the back and abdomen. .
Malaspina is being treated at Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital. A man who visited him there said that he is in a good mood and that he is recovering from his injuries.
Pinkney, a reputable member of the Bloods-affiliated Every Body Killas gang, or EBK, was arrested after a man approached police looking for the assailant and said he had just been threatened by a thug with a knife, they said. police sources.
The potential third victim then pointed to the pint-sized, baby-faced suspect as he was being driven through Central Park in a police car, sources said.
Pinkney is being held in Precinct 26 with charges pending, sources said.
NYPD sources identified the suspect as Vincent Pinkney, 25, of Washington Heights. They say he is a Queens-based gang member who was paroled after serving four years behind bars for gang assault. Sources say he has 16 previous arrests.
The alleged Pinkney rampage occurred near the same park where 18-year-old Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors was murdered two years ago. Another gang member, who was 14 years old at the time, was arrested and sentenced to nine years to life in prison for his murder.
“There has been a police presence, but perhaps there needs to be more?” said Carlos Perea, a Morningside Heights resident. “We moved in shortly after what happened with Tessa, which was obviously really unfortunate.”
The students Dias spoke to said they are terrified.
“I’m still trying to figure it out,” John Einarsson said.
“It definitely makes me want to be a little more cautious, especially at night,” added Abby Hodonicky.
“What’s going on with the violence, man? A lot of people get hurt, a lot of innocent people,” said Alfredo Verrios, a resident of Morningside Heights.
“I know there have been other cases in the past, so we usually try to avoid it,” one person told Dias.
“The park is a real problem, it’s been a problem for decades,” said Morningside Heights resident Brendan Smith. “They try to keep an eye on him.”
So far, there is no information on why.