UTB student stabbed over the weekend identified

UTB officials identified the student that was stabbed on Saturday near campus, and later died of his injuries at the hospital.

Dr. Hilda Silva, the Vice President of Student Affairs for the University of Texas at Brownsville, released a statement expressing their condolences for the family of Santiago Daniel Bernal.

Bernal was a freshman at UTB and was enrolled as an International Business major.

Following his death, campus officials reached out to the students living at the Estancia Apartment, where Bernal was stabbed, just blocks away from the UTB campus.

According to the statement from the University, they are offering grief counseling to any student that needs it.

Brownsville police responded to stabbing at about 4:25 early Saturday morning at the Estancia Apartments, just blocks away from the UTB campus.

He was transferred to Valley Baptist Medical Center where he passed away from his injuries at 5:14 a.m.

The case is still under investigation.

Second incident this year

Bernal's death is the second major incident reported at the Estancia Apartments.

Back in January 13, Police arrested 21-year-old Everardo Josue Garcia for beating another man inside his apartment during a party.

Garcia was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. He was given a $20,000 bond.

Statement from UTB

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Santiago Daniel Bernal.

He was a freshman who enrolled in fall of 2010 at UTB/TSC majoring in International Business.

Santiago died Saturday, February 19, at the La Estancia Apartments, a privately owned residence located near the campus. His death remains under investigation by the Brownsville Police Department.

Upon learning of his death, David Marquez from the Office of Dean of Students made contact with students living at the apartments and offered grief counseling through our support services.

We continue to follow the situation and respond accordingly to the needs of our students. They have been advised to also contact any member of our office or the Campus Police department at any time and we will be available to them.

Dr. Hilda Silva, Vice President for Student Affairs