A Purdue University student will be charged with murder after his roommate was killed at a campus residence in Indiana, according to the school’s police chief.
Ji Min “Jimmy” Sha, an international student from South Korea who is majoring in cybersecurity, called 911 at about 12:45 a.m., Purdue University Police Chief Lesley Wiete said at a news conference Wednesday morning. , report to the police.
Details of the call have not been released, but authorities said the incident occurred in a room on the first floor of McCutcheon Hall.
The Tippecanoe County coroner’s office and chief identified the slain student as Varun Manish Chheda, a 20-year-old senior from Indianapolis studying data science.
According to preliminary autopsy findings, Chheda died of “multiple acute external trauma” in a manner of homicide.
The coroner’s office said the final autopsy results were awaiting toxicology studies.
Sand, 22, was detained minutes after calling 911 and taken to a police station for further investigation, Witt said. According to the boss, she has not been booked.
After Chheda’s death, school officials said there was no threat to the community.
Wiete did not discuss the motives or details of the possible weapons, but said the 911 call came from the room where only Chheda and Sha were present.
“I think it’s unprovoked and unprovoked,” he said, noting that none of the roommates were asleep at the time of the incident.
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When asked why Sand called 911, Witt said: “He was the one who called and alerted us to the situation.”
Chheda’s death marked the first homicide on the Purdue campus since January 2014, police said.
Purdue President Mitch Daniels called the news “the tragic event we can imagine happening on our campus, and our hearts and thoughts are with everyone affected by this horrific event.”
About 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in the fall semester, according to Purdue’s website.
In a statement Wednesday morning, he said dorm staff and doctors from the school’s counseling and psychological services were providing support to students in need.
Daniels assured everyone that the campus is safe. “Compared to the city in Purdue’s population (about 60,000 people), we experience a fraction of the violence and property crime that happens elsewhere,” he said.
“On a day like this, statistics like this are not comforting,” he added. “The deaths on our campus and in the Purdue family have deeply affected each of us.”
Chheda attended Park Tudor School, acting principal Dennis Bisgaard confirmed.
“The entire Park Tudor community is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Varun Chheda from the Park Tudor class of 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time,” he said.