Varun Manish Chheda of Indianapolis, who studied at Purdue University, was found dead in McCutcheon Hall on the west end of campus, police said Wednesday.
Another college student was arrested on Wednesday for murder, NBC News quoted the school’s police chief as saying.
Ji Min “Jimmy” Sha, a 22-year-old Korean cybersecurity student and international student, called 911 around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday to alert police to the death, Purdue University Police Chief Lesley Wiete said during of a press conference on Wednesday. Morning.
Details of the call were not disclosed.
Authorities said the incident happened in a room on the first floor of McCutcheon Hall on the West Lafayette campus, about 104 miles northwest of Indianapolis.
Chheda, who was studying data science at university, died of “multiple traumatic sharp force injuries”, and the manner of death was homicide, according to preliminary autopsy results.
Chief Wiete said she believed the attack was “unprovoked” and “senseless”, Fox News reported.
Arunabh Sinha, a childhood friend of Chheda, told NBC News that Chheda had been playing and talking with friends online on Tuesday night when they suddenly heard screaming on the call.
Sinha wasn’t playing with his friends that night, but they told him they heard the attack and didn’t know what happened. They woke up Wednesday morning to learn of his death.
Wiete said Sha was arrested minutes after the 911 call and taken to the police station for further investigation. He has not been formally charged.
Chheda’s death is Purdue’s first on-campus homicide in more than eight years, police said.
University President Mitch Daniels said Chheda’s death was “as tragic an event as we can imagine on our campus”, adding that “our hearts and thoughts go out to everyone affected by this terrible event”.