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Vigil for Indian student killed at US university

A twenty-year-old Purdue University student was allegedly killed by his roommate overnight with "multiple sharp force traumatic injuries" at a residence hall on the Indiana campus in the United States.

The death of the student has left a number of questions unanswered behind as the preliminary autopsy results say that the manner of death was a homicide, while a section of the people called it a murder. Varun Manish Chheda was killed on October 5 allegedly by his 22-year-old roommate who is in under police custody for investigation.

Chheda was a 2020 graduate of Park Tudor, as per the Fox59, a tv station.

Meanwhile, one of his closest friends remembering Chheda said that he will be remembered as a kind, intelligent and passionate person, as per the tv station. A vigil was also scheduled for him.

Chheda's roommate, a 22-year-old Ji Min "Jimmy" Sha, from Korea is now in police custody and is the prime suspect in the case. Sha is a junior cybersecurity major and international student from Korea.

At 12:45 am on October 5 Sha called 911 to alert police about the death, Purdue University Police Chief Lesley Wiete said during a news conference Wednesday morning, reported NBC. However, no further details of the call and how the victim died in his room on the first floor of McCutcheon Hall were disclosed. The police is treating the death as a homicide case.

The chief and the Tippecanoe County Coroner Office identified the deceased as Varun Manish Chheda, a 20-year-old senior from Indianapolis who was studying data science.


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