Purdue student who confessed to killing roommate apologizes for being ‘blackmailed’


A Purdue student who confessed to killing his roommate last week apologized for the crime and claimed he was blackmailed.

Jimin Xia, 22, a cybersecurity student at the University of West Lafayette, called 911 at 12:44 a.m. Wednesday, saying: killed my roommateVarun Manish Chedha with a knife.

Chheda, a 20-year-old senior data science major, was found dead in a chair in a room on the ground floor of McCutcheon Hall.preliminary dissection decision He died of multiple sharp force trauma to the head and neck.

Sha was taken into custody after being found in the same room with blood on her body and clothes.There was also a folding knife found on the floor.

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Sha, nicknamed “Jimmy”, is an exchange student from South Korea.At the first hearing on Friday, he said Said The reporters said they were “very sorry” and “blackmailed” without elaborating.

Purdue Police Chief Leslie Waite believes the attack was unintentional.

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“I think this was non-provocative and nonsensical,” Waite said. “My heartfelt condolences to the victim, his family and his friends. I can’t even imagine what his family is going through.”

So far, police have confirmed that Chedda was playing games online with friends the night he was killed.One of those friends, Andrew Wu, said WTHR He suddenly heard a cry.

Another friend, Arnab Sinha, said: NBC News When he wasn’t playing with Chedda at the time, he was informed of the attack and his friends had no idea what was going on.

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Cheda, of Indian descent, won a National Merit Scholarship award and was a national runner-up in the 2016 Science Bowl competition.Ann obituary described him as a “curious” person who “loved science” and had a passion that was “contagious” to any subject.

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels said in a letter that a “thorough investigation” was underway and that the Office of the Dean of Students, Student Residence Halls, Counseling and Psychological Services would be available to those who need or need care. I have assured students that I am providing support.

Sha is expected to be formally charged Thursday. He remains in custody without bail at Tippecanoe County Jail.

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