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Artist Annie Richardson fatally stabbed at Louisiana Tech University


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One of four women who were stabbed on a Louisiana college campus has died of her injuries, which she suffered as she was leaving an exercise class — with the suspect now charged with her murder.

Married artist Annie Richardson, who had been listed in critical condition after Monday’s attack at Louisiana Tech University, died Tuesday evening, according to an update by the Ruston school.

“My prayers are with Annie’s husband Peter, the entire Richardson family, and all who called Annie a friend,” university President Les Guice said.

“Our Tech family will feel the pain of this incident for some time, but we are fortunate to have such a caring community to rely upon as we grieve together,” he added.

Three other women were injured in the random knife attack outside the Lambright Sports & Wellness Center on the northern Louisiana campus.

Richardson was stabbed as she left an exercise class, with a witness saying her throat was slashed.

Suspect Jacoby Johnson, 23, a Louisiana Tech student from Rayville, now faces a charge of second-degree murder along with four counts of attempted second-degree murder, the Ruston Daily Leader reported.

In addition to Richardson, retired Lincoln Parish Judge Cynthia Woodard, Tech grad student Dominique McKane and retired teacher Debbie Hollimon were injured, according to the Leader.

Woodard and McKane are recovering at a Shreveport hospital. Hollimon, who was cut on the face while trying to protect McKane, declined treatment, the outlet reported.

“I just ran up screaming, ‘Get off her! Get away from her!’” Hollimon told KTBS. “He stands up and looks at me with no expression — just as flat as can be.”

She said the attacker grazed her across the right side of the face with a short knife before walking away.

“I just ran up screaming, ‘Get off her! Get away from her!’” Hollimon told KTBS. “He stands up and looks at me with no expression — just as flat as can be.”

After hearing screams, freshman Colin Campbell put Richardson and Woodard in his pickup truck and drove to a local hospital, KTBS reported.

He said Richardson suffered a wound to her throat and collapsed in his back seat as he arrived to the hospital.

She was later airlifted to the Shreveport hospital, according to the outlet.

Johnson, who lived in an off-campus apartment, was detained in February for possession of marijuana, but authorities weren’t aware of anything “that would indicate concerning behavior,” Louisiana Tech Police Chief Randal Hermes said, the Leader reported.“There was no rhyme or reason” to the attack, he said.

Neither the court clerk nor the district attorney’s office had information on whether Johnson, a senior at the school, had a lawyer who could comment.

Richardson was an artist who primarily worked in mixed media on canvas, according to her website.

After studying at multiple institutions including Newcomb College in New Orleans and the Sarah Lawrence College of Art in Lacoste, France, she completed her bachelor’s degree in fine arts at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

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