Police investigating apparent murder-suicide involving IU student

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Bloomington, Ind (WISH) – Indiana University students are stunned after hearing one of their own was stabbed to death.

It happened at an off-campus apartment complex at the 3100 block of Goodnight Way. That’s where officers found a man hanging from the ceiling, and a female student’s body nearby with stab wounds.

On Wednesday night, officers surrounded the apartment complex. While they were gone Thursday, the situation was still on the minds of some.

“At first I thought it was a traffic accident, but when lots of police come that’s not normal,” Indiana University student Junyi Dhang said.

“They were taping stuff off,” Indiana University student Jill Hummel said. “There was detectives getting out and they had kits with them. They were bringing out lights. Then I thought, alright, this is not drugs, it’s more serious than that.”

In fact it was. Bloomington officers say they found a man and woman dead inside the common area of a building.

Officers say it appears the man stabbed the female, and then hanged himself.

Police released on Thursday that the man and woman had known each other for some time and had recently been involved in a relationship.

“This is my first time being away from home,” Hummel said. “So moving down here to this big university and having something like that happen, like right outside my door is terrifying.”

Indiana University officials say the female stabbing victim was a student. And even though this was an off-campus incident, they plant to have grief support for her fellow classmates and friends.

While officers believe this was a murder-suicide, the incident has left some on edge.

“It’s very scary,” Dhang said. “I was thinking about living in my friend’s house for a couple of weeks.”

“I probably wouldn’t have stayed here last night if it was in my complex,” Hummel said.

Police said names won’t be released until their families have been notified, which will take time since the contacts are international.

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