Nabeel Siddiqui, 24, a computer science major who graduated from NJIT in May, remains in critical condition at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's University Hospital in Newark following an assault Saturday.
NJIT University president Robert A. Altenkirch expressed his shock at the incident and sympathy for Siddiqui's family.
"This crime was a deplorable act of senseless violence upon a conscientious young man trying to better himself. Our hearts go out to his friends and family," he said.
Siddiqui, who graduated in May from the College of Computing Science with a bachelor's degree in computer science, was taken to the hospital by ambulance Saturday night, September 27.
Three juveniles, a 16-year-old from Woodbridge and a 16-year-old and 17-year-old from Orange are in custody. They are charged with aggravated assault, robbery, carjacking, and possession of a weapon, police have said.
Among the friends and relatives who have gathered at Siddiqui's bedside is Umair Rasool, NJIT Class of 2001, a Los Angeles resident who works in the computer industry.
"He is a very harmless person, the last person you would expect to get involved in any trouble--a friendly hardworking, guy, not in anyway threatening," said Rasool.
He is also described Siddiqui as someone who loves New Jersey and loves NJIT.
"For so many of us international students, NJIT is our home," Rasool said, "We are asking everyone at NJIT to remember him their prayers."
Saddiqui was attacked on Haxtun Avenue in Orange, NJ, while delivering a pizza to an address there. According to the police report, the resident of that address was not home at the time of the attack and later told police no one there had ordered a pizza.
According to the police report Nabeel was conscious when an emergency medical service crew arrived and told police his assailants had struck him in the head with a baseball bat, then drove off in his 1995 silver Nissan. The vehicle was recovered later on Hamilton Avenue in South Orange.
His wallet, containing credit cards, $30, and his NJIT I.D. card, were also found.
Siddiqui, who had been a student at NJIT since 1997, is a Kearny resident and native of Pakistan.---Gale Scott