The 24-year-old Hussain Saeed Alnahdi from Buraydah in Saudi Arabia was a junior majoring in business administration at UW-Stout, the university officials said.
Witnesses at the scene told police that Alnahdi had been attacked by a white man who was about six feet tall, media reports revealed. The motives of the attack were unknown.
A statement from UW-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer read as: “Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to Hussain’s family in Buraydah, Saudi Arabia, and his friends at UW-Stout.”
“I want to make a personal appeal to anyone on campus or in the community who might have information that would help authorities locate the individual involved in the attack to come forward,” he added.
The assault reportedly took place in the early morning on Sunday in downtown Menomonie and the student was initially taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Menomonie, and later moved to Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.
The police said a team was later dispatched to the scene for a report of the incident and found an unconscious man bleeding from his mouth and nose when arrived on the location, media reports revealed.
“It is difficult to find the right words in light of such of a tragedy, except to express our sorrow for all that knew Hussain,” University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross also said in a statement.