A Purdue University student was found dead in a residence hall early Wednesday morning.


Purdue police say the call came in shortly after midnight. They are investigating the case as a homicide.


They have a suspect in custody. They believe the suspect is the victim’s roommate.

“This morning at 12:44 am, we received a 911 call from a subject alerting us to the death of his roommate.

The coroner has identified the student who died as Varun Manish Chheda, 20, of Indianapolis

Police have identified the suspect as Ji Min Sha, a junior cybersecurity major from Seoul, South Korea.

It happened at McCutcheon Hall, which is on the west side of the campus. This is the first homicide on Purdue’s campus since January 2014.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels released a statement about the homicide: