A Purdue University student was killed inside his dorm room on the Indiana school’s campus, authorities announced Wednesday. A suspect, the victim’s roommate, has been arrested in connection with the crime.
The roommate called 911 and was redirected to Purdue University police around 12:44 a.m. local time Wednesday, according to Tim Doty, director of media and public relations for the school, who confirmed preliminary details about death to CBS News. It is unclear whether the roommate confessed or not.
“A suspect is in custody and there is no threat to the community,” Doty said. Purdue police are investigating the incident as a homicide and the investigation is still ongoing, she added.
Mitch Daniels, president of the university, referred to the death of the student in a statement sent to members of the Purdue community and posted online.
“I am writing to inform you that early this morning, one of our students was murdered in his dorm room,” Daniels wrote, noting that the student’s roommate reported the incident to police and was taken into custody as a suspect.
“This is as tragic an event as we can imagine happening on our campus and our hearts and thoughts go out to everyone affected by this terrible event,” the school president continued. “We don’t have all the details yet. Our Purdue University Police Department is conducting a thorough investigation of this incident so we can all learn more about what happened.”
Daniels shared information about support resources for students, then emphasized that their safety is the “highest priority of the university.”
“Purdue is an extraordinarily safe place on any given day, and compared to cities in Purdue’s population (approximately 60,000 total), we experience a small fraction of the violent and property crime that occurs elsewhere,” he wrote. “Such statistics are no comfort on a day like this. A death on our campus and among our Purdue family affects each of us deeply.”