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Dad of slain Waltham teen says he brought son to US for better life

Posted by Metro Desk  September 24, 2010 11:40 AM

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Suzanne Kreiter / Globe Staff

Police scour a parking lot at Regis College in Weston for evidence related to the fatal stabbing of an 18-year-old Waltham man.


WALTHAM – Five years after he brought his family here for a better life, a Sengalese immigrant was mourning the death of his teenaged son, stabbed to death on the usually quiet campus of a Catholic college in Weston this morning.

Elhaji Malick Ndiaye, 18, was identified by Middlesex prosecutors as one of two persons stabbed around 4:30 a.m. today on the campus of Regis College in Weston. Ndiaye died from his injuries, but the second person survived. Police are searching for the assailant.

Ndiaye's hearbroken parents, Mamadou and Sophie Ndiaye, spoke with reporters outside their apartment this morning. Mamadou Ndiaye said he immigrated from his African homeland 15 years ago, became an American citizen and then brought his family, including Elhaji, to the US about five years ago.

"He was my only son, that’s the hardest part,'' said Mamadou Ndiaye. "I will miss him. I just wanted him to give him the best advice I could. I knew he was young. I knew he could have made mistakes. But I wanted him to be like me, to live on the safe side of this world. ''

Originally published on the blog MetroDesk.

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