Purdue student killed in residence hall; roommate in custody

Published: Oct. 5, 2022 at 6:49 AM EDT
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WNDU) - The Purdue University Police Department is investigating the death of a student in a residence hall as a homicide.

According to our sister station WTHR in Indianapolis, a university spokesperson said a 911 call came into the Purdue University Police Department at 12:44 a.m. Wednesday morning from McCutcheon Hall. A suspect — the roommate of the victim — made the call and is in custody.

Purdue University Police Chief Lesley Wiete has identified the suspect as Ji Min Sha, 22. Sha is a junior international student from Korea who is studying cybersecurity.

The victim has been identified as Varun Manish Chheda, 20, of Indianapolis. An autopsy is scheduled for later Wednesday.

Wiete says both students were awake at the time of the incident in their first floor dorm room, and she believes the crime was “unprovoked and senseless.”

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels has released the following statement on the matter:

Officials say there is no threat to the community, but nearby students in McCutcheon Hall were moved to another area while police investigated the incident.

Sycamore School, where Varun attended and graduated from in 2016, posted on their Facebook page Wednesday expressing their sorrow over his passing: