TW: Violence, killing.
In another case of violence recorded in the United States, a 20-year-old student of Indian origin, Varun Manish Chheda, was killed in his dorm. The police have booked the victim’s roommate, Ji Min Sha, a 22-year-old cyber-security major at Purdue University, and taken him into custody for further investigation. He has been placed under prime suspicion.
According to initial medical post-mortem reports, the victim succumbed to “multiple sharp force traumatic injuries,” and the manner of death has been described as a “homicide.” The situation has left many questions unanswered, and the police will be looking into the case as a homicide. However, a section of people is known to call it murder.
Other information so far is that the police received the 911 call at 12:45 am on Wednesday, October 5, by Sha, who reported Chheda’s death. Officials disclosed no further details about the call or how the victim died in his room.
Addressing a news conference, Purdue University Chief of Police Lesley Wiete said that at the time of the 911 call, only Chheda and his roommate Sha were present at the dorm. She believes the attack was “unprovoked and senseless.” Meanwhile, this tragic incident has led the President of the University to send out a message of reassurance to all members. He said, “the safety and security of students is the single highest priority on campus. Purdue is an extraordinarily safe place on any given day; however, such statistics are no consolation on a day like this”.
Several students gathered in and around the campus to mourn Chheda’s passing and demand justice. One of the victim’s closest friends remembers him as kind, intelligent, and passionate. He was also a semi-finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program and a candidate for the US Presidential Scholars Program in 2020.
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