Person killed in Purdue dorm

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana – A Purdue University student is dead and another is in custody after a murder in one of the university’s dormitories.

A university spokesman confirmed that a homicide occurred overnight at McCutcheon Hall. According to the Purdue Housing Website, McCutcheon is an all-male dorm.

Police received a call around 12:44 a.m. According to Purdue officials, the suspect made the call.

The suspect was taken into custody. A Purdue spokesman said the suspect and victim were roommates.

The Tippecanoe County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Varun Manish Chheda, 20, of Indianapolis. He was just over a month away from turning 21.

A Purdue University senior said other students on the same floor were awakened by a “scream or some loud noise.”

Police say there is no danger to students and the surrounding community.

This is an evolving story and will be updated. Person killed in Purdue dorm

Dais Johnston

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