Man, 24, charged in ‘hate-motivated’ stabbing attack in gender studies class at Canadian university

A 24-year-old man has been charged in the stabbing of a professor and three other people during a gender studies class at a university in Canada, in what police say was a “hate-motivated incident.”

Geovanny Villalba-Aleman, an international student who had recently graduated from the University of Waterloo, is alleged to have carried out the “planned and targeted attack motivated by hate related to gender expression and gender identity,” Waterloo Regional Police Service Chief Mark Crowell said at a news conference Thursday.

“It is both sad and disturbing that this incident has occurred during Pride month,” Crowell said. “We hope that this incident does not diminish from these celebrations but, instead, encourages us all to come together to continue to celebrate and to continue to inspire love over hate.”

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