Horror new details have emerged in the death of a Purdue University student allegedly killed by his roommate in their dorm.
Varun Manish Chheda, 20, was found dead in the early hours of Wednesday morning after the suspect is said to have called 911.
Gji Min Sha, 22, a cybersecurity major from South Korea, was arrested on a preliminary murder charge, police chief Lesley Wiete said.
Formal charges are expected on Thursday, ABC7 reports.
Now it has emerged that Chheda was likely awake during the late-night attack in in West Lafayette, Indiana, which investigators are struggling to understand.
Friends said they had been gaming with Chheda on Tuesday night when they suddenly heard screaming.
When asked by reporters “why you did it?”, Sha appeared to reply: “I love my family.”
A vigil was held for the victim on Wednesday night.
Arunabh Sinha said Chheda was “a really smart guy, always top of his class, top of the chess club, science bowl team”.
He added: “He was really humble about it. He was a tremendous family person.”
In a letter to students, Purdue University president Mitch Daniels wrote: “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 police to report the incident and is in custody. We do not have all the details yet.”
“Our hearts go out to the victim and his family and friends. I can’t even imagine what his family is going through,” Wiete added.
Students living near the crime scene were moved to other rooms, and the university provided counselors for those who need it, Purdue spokesman Trevor Peters said.
Purdue President Daniels added: “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.”