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Purdue Student Arrested For Killing Roommate In 'Senseless' Crime

A Purdue University student was arrested on a murder charge and accused of killing his roommate overnight in a residence hall on the campus in West Lafayette, In. Purdue Police Chief Lesley Wiete and the Tippecanoe County coroner’s office identified the slain student as Varun Manish Chheda, 20, a senior from Indianapolis who was studying data science. Ji Min “Jimmy” Sha, a junior cybersecurity major and international student from Korea, called 911 early Wednesday to alert police about the death, NBC News reports.


Sha was in the Tippecanoe County Jail on a murder charge. Chheda died of "multiple sharp force traumatic injuries,"according to preliminary autopsy results. Arunabh Sinha, a childhood friend of Chheda, said he had been gaming and talking with friends online through Discord on Tuesday night when they suddenly heard screaming on the call. Wiete didn’t discuss a motive or details about weapons in the killing. She said the 911 call came from the room, which only Chheda and Sha occupied at the time. “I believe this was unprovoked and senseless,” she said. Chheda's death is Purdue’s first on-campus homicide in more than eight years.


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