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Student in Colorado campus killing was roommate of 1 of the victims, police say

By JESSE BEDAYN and COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press
Published: February 20, 2024, 10:16am

DENVER — A student arrested in the shootings of two people who were found dead in a dorm room last week at a Colorado college was the roommate of one of the victims, police said Tuesday.

Nicholas Jordan, 25, is suspected of killing Samuel Knopp, 24, and Celie Rain Montgomery, 26, at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs on Friday.

Jordan lived with Knopp at the university about 69 miles south of Denver, Colorado Springs police spokeperson Caitlin Ford. Ford did not know Montgomery’s relationship to the two men and did not have any information about what may have motivated the shooting.

Jordan was a student at the university at the time, university spokesperson Jenna Press. Knopp was also a student, but Montgomery was not enrolled, police said.

Jordan, who is from Detroit, was arrested Monday on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder. Jordan is being represented by an attorney from the state public defender’s office, according to court records. It does not comment on its cases. A hearing was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

After getting an arrest warrant, the police’s motor vehicle theft unit found Jordan in a car and the tactical enforcement unit took him into custody in Colorado Springs, police announced on the social media platform X.

Dozens gathered for a memorial walk Monday at the school, which is home to more than 11,000 students and nearly 2,000 faculty and staff.

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