SUNY Potsdam student Elizabeth Howel killed near school, Michael Snow arrested

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An upstate college student was shot on a street just off campus by a man who had no affiliation with the school, cops and administrators said.

Elizabeth Howell, 21, a music education student at SUNY Potsdam, died Friday after being found lying on the side of College Park Road with gunshot wounds, New York State Police said.

Suspected shooter Michael J. Snow, 31, was arrested on Saturday and slapped on a second-degree murder charge, police said. Police initially urged residents to keep their doors locked and travel in groups, before announcing the shooting appeared to be an isolated incident.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Snow and Howell knew each other, but the school said Snow had “no affiliation with the College, whether as a student, employee, or graduate.”

Howell, a native of Patterson in Putnam County, was due to graduate this year, the school added.

Michael J. Snow was arrested and charged with second-degree murder because the school said he had no affiliation with the college, whether as a student, employee, or graduate.
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SUNY Potsdam canceled classes for Monday and also canceled or postponed various activities as the campus mourns Howell’s death. The school’s Crane School of Music Concert Hall has been designated as a memorial space for the campus, school officials said in a social media post.

“Beth was a cellist who performed with the Crane Symphony Orchestra, and she was a budding educator with a bright future ahead of her,” the post reads. “No words can express the sadness we share as a university community at this tragic loss.”

Potsdam is in St. Lawrence County, 30 miles from the US border with Canada.

Elizabeth Howell was a music education student at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music and was due to graduate this year.
Elizabeth Howell was a music education student at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and was due to graduate this year.
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Elizabeth Howell, a student at SUNY Potsdam, died after being shot and killed on a street near campus.
Elizabeth Howell, a student at SUNY Potsdam, died after being shot and killed on a street near campus.
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