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Companion Recounts Events Leading to Raustein's Death

By Deena Disraelly

When Yngve K. Raustein '94 and his companion, Arne Fredheim G, were confronted by three Cambridge Rindge & Latin students Friday night, neither expected the violent outburst that led to Raustein's stabbing death, Fredheim said.

"It just looked like three ordinary teens in t-shirts and jeans as you see them everywhere. I never thought there would be trouble like this," said Fredheim.

Raustein and Fredheim, a Norwegian exchange student, were walking east on Memorial Drive toward The Muddy Charles Pub. The two had just come from a pub in Ashdown House, and although each had consumed about three beers, Fredheim said that neither of them was drunk.

Raustein and Fredheim chose to walk along Memorial Drive because "it's the shortest way to walk. I thought about it as [being part of] campus," said Fredheim, who had never been warned about the dangers of Memorial Drive or Vassar Street after dark.

Raustein and Fredheim were conversing in Norwegian when the three youths walked towards them and asked what language they were speaking. The MIT students answered, and the youths continued past them. The high school students, however, did not continue down Memorial Drive; instead, they turned and followed Raustein and Fredheim.

The youths, later identified as Shon McHugh, 15, Joseph D. Donovan, 17, and Alfredo Velez, 18, kept asking Raustein and Fredheim what they were saying. Then the MIT students turned around and faced the trio.

"When we turned around, I began to think there could be trouble. I was prepared to try to talk us out of the situation, but it all happened at once," said Fredheim.

"One of the guys walked up against him (Raustein) and was very mad at Yngve. He punched Yngve, and Yngve went to the ground," said Fredheim. When Raustein got to his feet, he was hit a second time.

Raustein did not say anything to the three assailants, according to Fredheim. Raustein also did not put up a fight during the 30 seconds in which the attack occurred. "As far as I know, he didn't get time to do it," said Fredheim.

Fredheim noticed that McHugh had a knife. Velez walked up to Fredheim and demanded his wallet. Fredheim handed over the wallet, which contained only three dollars.

Once Velez had advanced on him, Fredheim lost sight of Raustein. During this time, McHugh, who carried the knife, allegedly stabbed Raustein and stole his wallet, which contained thirty dollars. "I didn't see Yngve. I didn't know that he was stabbed until after the attack," said Fredheim.

The three youths ran away immediately after the stabbing. Fredheim began shouting and people responded. Some came to help, while others went to call the police.

Later the same evening, Donovan, McHugh, and Velez were apprehended at Boston University. "They picked me up, and I was driven to the police station and confronted with them," said Fredheim.

Fredheim, who has only been in the United States for about two months, had only met Raustein on a few occasions, when they discussed music and Norway. "My impression was that he was very nice; he was a very calm person. He wasn't the kind of person I could see running around and shouting and making lots of jokes," said Fredheim.