A Saudi student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout died Monday afternoon after being attacked on a main thoroughfare near campus, police and school officials said.
The reward is at $15,000 and will be administered through the Community Foundation of Dunn County. Separately, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said it's putting up $5,000 for information leading to the assailant who killed Hussain Saeed Anahdi.
Meanwhile, other Saudi students said they feel safe at UW-Stout, but are trying to calm their parents back home. "Now I am deeply anxious about my Saudi students' safety".
Menomonie police are asking anyone with information to call them at 715-232-1283. He was unconscious and bleeding from his mouth after being attacked by a suspect described as a 6-foot-tall white man, as described by Menomonie police and reported by the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.
According to the Daily Mail UK, Alnahdi's friends believe the attack may have been racially motivated.
"As we mourn, we can not lose sight of the path of justice we must follow", he said. "This fund could be just the right incentive for someone to come forward with the information we need to solve this case".
The campus with 9,600 students has a close-knit Saudi community of 142 students.
Feingold says student loan debt is a national crisis and "really upsetting people". Some students said not knowing whether it was a hate crime has left them uneasy.
Bark said she had known Alnahdi since shortly after he arrived in the US and on campus, in August 2015.
"There's no words to say", he told reporters, his voice emotional.
Police has yet to declare the incident as a hate crime. "Most of us in the Twin Cities don't know Menominee to be unsafe, but we do recognize today that with the rise of Islamophobia, that rhetoric has created an unsafe environment for Muslims no matter where they are,"said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the CAIR chapter in the Twin Cities".
University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross also sought to offer solace to Alnahdi's family, friends and the broader college community.
Bethany Risler, an admissions counselor at the UW-Stout, wrote in a Facebook post that she recruited Alnahdi and the two exchanged emails while he was still learning English. He was a junior majoring in business administration.