A 20-year-old Purdue University student was murdered in his dormitory in the school residence hall early Wednesday morning, local authorities said.
The student’s roommate Gji Min Sha was taken into custody minutes after calling police to report the death of Varun Manish Chheda at McCutcheon Hall just before 1 a.m., West Lafayette authorities said , Indiana, at a press conference. The 22-year-old now faces a murder charge.
“I believe it was unprovoked and senseless,” Purdue University Police Chief Lesley Wiete said when asked if there had been a struggle.
Sha, a junior, is an international student majoring in cybersecurity from Korea. Chheda was a senior data science student, she said.
Wiete declined to say whether a weapon was used or comment on a cause of death. She said an autopsy was scheduled for late Wednesday morning.
“We got him very quickly, and this individual no longer threatened the campus,” she said.
In a statement to students, Mitch Daniels, the university’s president, assured them of the school’s safety after the tragedy.
“Purdue is an extraordinarily safe place every day, and compared to cities with a population of Purdue (approximately 60,000 in total), we experience a tiny fraction of violent and property crime that occurs elsewhere,” he said. he declares.
“Such statistics are no consolation on a day like this,” he added. “A death on our campus and within our Purdue family affects us deeply.”
In 2014, Purdue University student Cody Cousins fatally stabbed and shot fellow student Andrew Boldt in a classroom. Cousins and Boldt were teaching assistants in Purdue’s electrical engineering program at the time.
Cousins was sentenced to 65 years in prison but committed suicide later that year while behind bars.