Indian-Origin Student Killed In US, Friends Heard Screams On Call

Washington: A 20-year-old Indian-origin student was killed in his dormitory in the US state of Indiana and his Korean roommate was taken into custody, according to media reports. Varun Manish Chheda from Indianapolis, who was studying at Purdue University, was found dead in McCutcheon Hall on the western edge of campus, police said on Wednesday. Another university student was arrested on a murder charge Wednesday, NBC News quoted the school’s police chief as saying, NDTV reported.

Ji Min “Jimmy” Sha, a junior cybersecurity major and international student from Korea, called 911 around 12:45 am on Wednesday to alert police about the death, Purdue University Police Chief Lesley Wiete said at a news conference Wednesday morning.

Details of the call were not disclosed. Authorities said the incident happened in a room on the first floor of McCutcheon Hall. Chheda was studying data science at the university. Chheda died of “multiple sharp force traumatic injuries,” and the manner of death was a homicide, according to preliminary autopsy results.

Chief Wiete said she believes the attack was “unprovoked” and “senseless”, Fox News reported, according to NDTV.

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