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A Purdue University student from Indianapolis was killed inside a residence hall early Wednesday, according to an official from the school.
A suspect is in custody and there is no threat to the community, said Purdue’s director of media and public relations Tim Doty.
What happened at Purdue?
A call was made by the suspect, who is the student's roommate, at 12:44 a.m., Doty said. An investigation is ongoing.
Who was the student killed at Purdue University?
The student was identified as 20-year-old Varun Manish Chheda, of Indianapolis, according to the Tippecanoe County Coroner's Office.
Chheda was 10 days away from his 21st birthday. He graduated high school in 2020 from Park Tudor School, a private school on the north side of Indianapolis.
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"The entire Park Tudor community is incredibly saddened by the tragic loss of Varun Chheda, Park Tudor class of 2020," said Dennis Bisgaard, Interim Head of Park Tudor School in a statement. "Our prayers are with his family at this difficult time."
Chheda was a semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program the year he graduated, according to a Facebook post from the school.
Chheda also was a candidate the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors.
Chheda was in his senior year at Purdue, studying data science, said Purdue University Police Department Chief Lesley Wiete in a news conference Wednesday morning.
His family was notified of his death in person by investigators, Wiete said.
Varun Chheda was a 'brilliant kid'
Chheda attended Sycamore School on the north side of Indianapolis from kindergarten to 8th grade. He graduated from the school in 2016 and left an impression as a highly-achieving student.
"We are pretty devastated here," said Diane Borgmann, Sycamore's head of school. "He was just a brilliant, brilliant guy. His math and science were his really strong suits."
Chheda was a member of the Sycamore Science Bowl team that competed in the National Science Bowl competition in Washington, D.C., and took second place in 2016 and eighth in 2015.
He earned first place in the State Science Olympiad competition at Indiana University in 2015 for his presentation in the Environmental Chemistry category and was second in the state in the Solar System division that year.
Chheda was a four-year member of the Sycamore MATHCOUNTS team and earned first place honors in the state Concurso Academico Spanish competition in 2015 and 2016.
"He was just an all-around brilliant kid," Borgmann said. "He was funny, he was well-liked by his classmates and came from a great family. He had really strong character values. The two words that I think of are brilliant and likeable. Sometimes people can be really brilliant and not relatable but he was super personable on top of his brilliance."
Who is the suspect?
The suspect was identified as 22-year-old Ji Min Sha at the news conference Wednesday morning.
Sha, an international student from Korea, is a junior studying cyber security. He will face a murder charge, Wiete said.
“I believe this was unprovoked and senseless," Wiete said. "Our hearts go out to the victim and his family and friends and anybody who knew him and anybody he may have touched in his life. This is extremely sad and unfortunate for us today and I can’t even imagine what his family is going through at this time.”
Sha was taken into custody in a matter of minutes after he called to report what happened to police from his first-floor dorm room. After he was apprehended, there was no longer a threat to campus, Wiete said.
Initially, Tippecanoe County Prosecutor's office filed for an extension to bring formal charges against Sha. He was formally charged with murder on Oct. 13.
How was Varun Chheda killed?
Preliminary autopsy findings indicate Chheda's death was caused by "multiple sharp-force traumatic injuries," according to the Tippecanoe County Coroner's Office.
What do we know about McCutcheon Hall?
Chheda was killed inside McCutcheon Hall, which is on the west side of campus, according to the university's webpage.
McCutcheon Hall is home to 730 residents and opened in 1963. The webpage lists a standard two-person room as the option for living spaces in the dorm.
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.
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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.”
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