Suspect from University of Waterloo Stabbing Pleads Guilty

Suspect from University of Waterloo Stabbing Pleads Guilty


Geovanny Villalba-Aleman, a former international student at the University of Waterloo, has pled guilty to several charges related to a stabbing attack that occurred in a gender studies classroom on June 28, 2023. The attack left an instructor and two students injured and has been classified as a hate-motivated incident by the Waterloo Regional Police.

Charges and Plea

Villalba-Aleman, who was 24 years old at the time of the attack, admitted guilt to the following charges:

  • Two counts of aggravated assault
  • One count of assault with a weapon
  • One count of assault causing bodily harm

He was initially facing additional charges, including attempted murder, terrorism, and mischief for damaging a Pride flag.

Incident Details

The attack took place in Hagey Hall during a gender studies class attended by approximately 40 students. Villalba-Aleman entered the classroom, engaged in a brief conversation with the professor, and then launched the attack using two knives. The victims included a 38-year-old professor and two students, aged 19 and 20, who sustained severe but non-fatal injuries.

Motive and Aftermath

The police have described the attack as premeditated and motivated by hate related to gender expression and identity. Villalba-Aleman had been planning the attack for over a month and had written a manifesto discussing “woke” culture and indoctrination.Following the incident, the University of Waterloo faced criticism for its delayed emergency alert response. The university has since promised to improve its communication procedures.


A sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 21-25, 2024. The hearing will include victim impact statements and arguments from federal prosecutors, who are expected to push for the case to be recognized as an act of terrorism

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