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Purdue University student arrested after roommate found killed in dorm | Nation & World

A Purdue University student was killed in an on-campus residence hall and his roommate was arrested and charged with murder, university police said.

Varun Manish Chheda, 20, died of “multiple traumatic sharp force injuries,” according to preliminary autopsy results from Tippecanoe County coroner Carrie Costello.

Chheda’s roommate Ji Min Sha, 22, called 911 early Wednesday morning to report his roommate was dead, Purdue University Police Chief Lesley Wiete told a news conference . Police responded to their room at McCutcheon Hall within minutes and took Sha into custody, according to Wiete.

Sha was charged with murder, Wiete said. He is being held without bail at the Tippecanoe County Jail, records show.

“I believe it was unprovoked and senseless,” the police chief said, and their investigation is ongoing.

It is unclear whether Sha has obtained legal representation. CNN has contacted the Tippecanoe County District Attorney’s Office for additional information.

This is the first homicide on Purdue’s campus since 2014, said Tim Doty, director of media and public relations at the university. Because there was no immediate threat to the community, no alerts or warnings about the murder were issued, police said.

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels spoke about the death in a message to the community Wednesday, offering counseling and psychological services.

“As president of Purdue, but more so as a parent myself, I assure you that the safety and security of our students is the top priority on our campus,” Daniels said. “Purdue is an extraordinarily safe place every day, and compared to the cities of Purdue’s population (approximately 60,000 in total), we experience a tiny fraction of violent and property crime that occurs elsewhere.

“Such statistics are no consolation on a day like this,” he added. “A death on our campus and among our Purdue family affects us deeply.”


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