Victim in London stabbing was wife of FSU professor

Five others were hurt in the attack
Posted at 3:32 PM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 16:08:25-04

The wife of an FSU professor died in Wednesday's knife attack in London, University officials confirmed Thursday afternoon.

The woman, whose name has not yet been released, was the wife of Florida State psychology professor Richard Wagner. She died on scene after the attack. Five other pedestrians were hurt.

Officers arrested one suspect, a 19-year-old Norwegian national, shortly after the attack. Police called the incident "spontaneous" and said they believe the attacker selected victims at random. Per the Associated Press, a local police official said there was "no evidence of radicalization" in the suspect arrested Wednesday. 

A statement from FSU's director of international programs James Pitts said the couple had planned to return to Tallahassee Thursday, one day after the fatal attack. 

"There are no words to express out heartache over this terrible tragedy," said FSU President John Thrasher. “We are shocked that such senseless violence has touched our own FSU family, and we will do all we can to assist Professor Wagner and his loved ones."

A statement from the university confirmed Wagner had been teaching a summer session based in London.

Authorities said Thursday that the attack was not terrorism, but rather "triggered by mental health issues." 

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