Monday, March 27

Purdue University student killed in McCutcheon residence hall

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Twenty-year-old Varun Manish Chheda of Indianapolis died early Wednesday inside his McCutcheon Hall room, an apparent victim of homicide, according to Tippecanoe County Coroner Carrie Costello and Purdue University police.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

Chheda’s roommate, Gji Min Sha, 22, is the suspect and is in custody, Purdue announced in a news conference about 10 am Wednesday. Chheda was a data science major.

Gji Min Sha went by the nickname Jimmy, and he was a cyber security major, according to information from the news conference.

At 10 am, the Tippecanoe County Jail reported that the suspect had not been booked into the jail.

“We had him very quickly and there was no threat to campus by this individual any further,” Purdue Police Chief Lesley Wiete said about the arrest of the suspect.

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