What happened in Residence hall? How was the Purdue University student killed? Mitch Daniels Explains

 

Purdue University student killed: A homicide in one of the university’s dorms has left one Purdue University student dead and another in police arrest. Let’s see what happened to the student, and how was he killed in detail

What happened in Residence hall? How was the Purdue University student killed? Mitch Daniels Explains

According to a school representative, an Indianapolis-based Purdue University student was shot inside a residential hall early on Wednesday.

According to Tim Doty, director of media and public affairs at Purdue, a suspect is in custody and there is no danger to the public.

The suspect, who is the student’s roommate, called around 12:44 in the morning, according to Doty. 

A probe is still being conducted.

Police: Roommate took into custody after Purdue University student was slain in a residential hall on Wednesday morning.

Who was the student killed at Purdue University?

The Tippecanoe County Coroner’s Office identified the student as Varun Manish Chheda, 20, of Indianapolis.

Chheda has 10 days until his 21st birthday. 

He attended Park Tudor School, a private institution on Indianapolis’ north side, and received his high school diploma in 2020.

Varun Chheda, a member of the Park Tudor class of 2020, passed away tragically, as stated in a statement by Dennis Bisgaard, interim head of Park Tudor School. 

His family is in our thoughts and prayers during this trying time.

According to a school post on Facebook, Chheda was a semi-finalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program the year he graduated.

Chheda was also a candidate for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

Information about McCutcheon Hall

The university’s website states that Chheda was slain inside McCutcheon Hall, which is located on the west side of campus.

730 people live at McCutcheon Hall, which was constructed in 1963. 

The website displays a typical two-person room as an option for dorm living quarters.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels stated the homicide Wednesday morning.

Dear members of our Purdue community,

I write to let you know that early this morning, one of our students was killed in his residence hall room. The suspect, the victim’s roommate, called the police to report the incident and is in custody.

This is as tragic an event as we can imagine happening on our campus and our hearts and thoughts go out to all of those affected by this terrible event.

We do not have all the details yet. Our Purdue University Police Department is conducting a thorough investigation of this incident so that we all may learn more about what transpired.

As is always the case, staff from our Office of the Dean of Students, our Residence Halls, and clinicians at Purdue’s Counseling and Psychological Services are providing support and are available to anyone who needs or wants their care.

As Purdue’s president, but even more so as a parent myself, I assure you that the safety and security of our students are the single highest priority on our campus. Purdue is an extraordinarily safe place on any given day and compared with cities of Purdue’s population (approximately 60,000 in all), we experience a tiny fraction of violent and property crime that occurs elsewhere.

Such statistics are of no consolation on a day like this. Death on our campus and among our Purdue family affects each of us deeply.

I am ever grateful to all of you who continually take the time to care for each other and know you will do so in the days ahead.

Sincerely,

Mitch Daniels

President

What happened to Varun Chheda?

Investigators have not yet disclosed the cause of death. 

The Tippecanoe County Coroner’s Office has scheduled an autopsy for Wednesday.

Statement from university president Mitch Daniels

In a statement distributed to students on Wednesday morning, Daniels said, “This is as horrible an event as we can fathom happening on our campus and our hearts and sympathies go out to all of those affected by this terrible event.”

The Purdue University Police Department is investigating the killing, Daniels said. 

According to the statement, staff members from the university’s Office of the Dean of Students, resident halls, and counselors at the Counseling and Psychological Services are offering support and are available to anyone who needs their care.

The statement adds, “As president of Purdue University, but more importantly as a parent myself, I assure you that the safety and security of our students is the single highest concern on our campus. 

“Purdue is incredibly secure on any given day… 

Such figures offer little comfort on a day like today. 

Each of us is greatly impacted by a death that occurs on our campus or among our Purdue family.

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