Nepali American 21-year-old Student Samanata Shrestha Murdered at Virginia Tech

WASHINGTON, DC  : A Nepali American senior at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, colloquially known as Virginia Tech, was found murdered this past weekend, leaving three people in police custody and an entire university reeling in the wake of yet another unspeakable tragedy.


Samanata Shrestha, 21, was a biology major, with minors in psychology and “medicine in society” and aspiring physician. Her parents, Dr. Manik Lal Shrestha and Rajshree Shrestha, spoke to her last on Friday evening, then were unable to get hold of her the following day. On Sunday, police officially launched an investigation into her disappearance, ultimately finding her dead in her black 2004 Mercedes-Benz sedan.


Shortly thereafter, three young people were arrested in connection with the tragic slaying: 22 year-old Jessica Michelle Ewing, and 23 year-olds Keifer Kyle Brown and Michael Christian Heller. Ewing, who was Shrestha’s roommate, is charged with one count of second-degree murder, while Keifer and Heller – the former is a recent graduate in interdisciplinary studies and the latter is a resident of Blacksburg, Virginia – are charged with being accessories after the fact, helping to transport and hide Shretha’s body.


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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 7:45pm