Who was SUNY Potsdam student Elizabeth Howell?

A tragic loss involving a SUNY Potsdam student has left the school shocked to the core.

Elizabeth Howell, aged 21, was shot only a few feet from campus.

Who was SUNY Potsdam student Elizabeth Howell?

Elizabeth Howell, aged 21, was the victim of a suspected random shooting near SUNY Potsdam.

Howell was a senior, set to graduate in May of 2022.

She was a Music Education Major at Potsdam's Crane School of Music and played cello in the Crane Symphony Orchestra.

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What happened to Elizabeth Howell?

Howell was found on February 18, 2022, just before 6pm, "on the side of College Park Road, unconscious, with gunshot wounds just 100 feet from campus," reported 7News WWNY.

New York State Police announced the arrest of Michael J. Snow, 31, of Massena on Saturday night.

SUNY Potsdam representatives stated that Snow has no affiliation with the college. He is neither a student, employee or graduate.

He is being held at St. Lawrence County Jail with no bail and has been charged with one count of second-degree murder.

What are people saying about Howell's death?

SUNY Potsdam posted a statement on Facebook on Saturday regarding the tragic incident:

"We are in disbelief at the sudden loss of one of our own, Elizabeth Howell '22, a music education student at our Crane School of Music. Our thoughts are with all of Beth’s friends and family during this difficult time.

"…No words can express the sadness we share as a campus community following this tragic loss.

"We have designated the Hosmer Gallery in the lobby of the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at The Crane School of Music as a memorial space for members of the campus community. All will be welcome to leave flowers or items in Beth’s memory."

Hundreds of friends, family, students and professors have flooded the school's social media post with words of sympathy.

Phillip Kramer, a SUNY Potsdam junior, told 7News WWNY, “She was a senior. She was going to graduate. Just a couple months to go – to be taken away, that’s crazy."

The university's counseling center is offering drop-in support during this time.

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