The lifeless body of a 21-year-old woman was found in her dorm room at the National Institute for the Deaf (NID) in Worcester. The young woman was discovered during the early hours of Tuesday morning, and she succumbed to her injuries after being repeatedly stabbed.
The main suspect in the murder investigation, the boyfriend of the murdered woman, committed suicide shortly after her death. Although the doors to the female dorms are locked, her 23-year-old boyfriend gained access to the building by breaking the window of a recreational use room on the property.
NID confirmed that he was a student, but was expelled pending disciplinary processes brought against him.
He remained in the town of Worcester despite being expelled, as he was staying with a friend in the area.
It is alleged that the young woman had broken things off with the 23-year-old and that he had killed her out of anger. He is also said to have threatened five other women at NID before committing suicide.
The motive for the murder is unclear, but authorities suspect that he was upset by the breakup.
“Both students’ parents have been informed and personnel and students are receiving trauma counselling,” Cobus van Deventer, NID director, said to YOU. “Our NID campus community is in shock and our hearts go out to the family and friends of the two young people who’d lost their lives.”
Police are investigating both cases of murder and suicide.