Varun Chheda, a Purdue University student was killed in his dorm room and his roommate, Ji Min Sha, was arrested Wednesday morning, school officials announced.
The victim’s roommate, Ji Min Sha, called police to report the incident and was taken into custody as the suspect in the death, Purdue University President Mitch Daniels said in a statement.
The alleged homicide happened in the McCutcheon Hallon the West Lafayette campus, CBS4 reported.
Who was the victim?
The Tippecanoe County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Varun Manish Chheda, 20, from Indianapolis.
He was a senior in data science and a little more than a month away from turning 21.
How was Varun Chheda killed?
A cause of death has not yet been released by investigators.
An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, according to the Tippecanoe County Coroner’s Office.
Who is the suspect?
The suspect was identified as 22-year-old Ji Min Sha at the news conference Wednesday morning.
Ji Min Sha, an international student from Korea, is a junior studying cyber security.
He will face a murder charge, Wiete said.
Statement from Mitch Daniels, president of the university
“This is as tragic an event as we can imagine happening on our campus and our hearts and thoughts go out to all of those affected by this terrible event,” Daniels wrote in a statement sent out to students Wednesday morning.
The Purdue University Police Department is conducting an investigation into the killing, Daniels said.
Staff from the school’s Office of the Dean of Students, residence halls and clinicians at the Counseling and Psychological Services are providing support and are available to anyone who needs their care, according to the statement.
“As Purdue’s president, but even more so as a parent myself, I assure you that the safety and security of our students is the single highest priority on our campus,” the statement reads. “Purdue is an extraordinarily safe place on any given day … Such statistics are of no consolation on a day like this. A death on our campus and among our Purdue family affects each of us deeply.”