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Parents of killed Purdue student speak out. Suspect: “I’m sorry”

The parents of a Purdue student allegedly killed by his roommate say their son rarely even talked about the suspect.

Seema Dedhiya and her husband, Manish Chheda, told ABC News they had no reason to believe their son had any problems with him.

Ji Min Sha is accused of stabbing to death Varun Manish Chheda in their dorm room on October 5th.

The parents said their son spent most of the year without a roommate as the one originally assigned to him pulled out.

Dedhiya says the last text her son sent her the night of his death, “Goodnight, Mama.”

The senior majored in data science.

“How it would’ve turned out, we just only can guess at this point,” said his dad. “We think he did a lot of good in the time he had. “We’re proud of that.”

“I miss him terribly,” his mom Dedhiya said.

Police have not released a motive in the case.

Sha said to reporters “I am very sorry.” He went on to say he was blackmailed, but did not elaborate.

Sha is an international student from South Korea and is 22. The Journal and Courier reports he called police to report Chhedra’s death. Prosecutors say police arrived to find blood on Sha’s clothing.

If convicted, he could get 45 to 60 years in prison.

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