Indiana University junior killed in murder-suicide at Bloomington apartment

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Oct. 1 2015) -- Bloomington police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide.

Police say a man stabbed a woman then hanged himself at an apartment complex for students just south of College Mall.

The two bodies were found in a common area. Students who live nearby are shaken up by the violence.

“It’s terrifying it happened here at my complex,” said IU student Jill Hummel. “This is my first time being away from home in a big city and it’s unsettling to know this really does happen."

Hummel said the building where the crime took place houses a lot of Asian students and that did lead to some communication barriers on scene. Police have said both the man and woman have family abroad. Their names have not been released as officials work to notify family members.

Bloomington police believe the man stabbed the victim to death, then committed suicide by hanging himself.

Officials with IU confirmed the 21-year-old female victim was a junior and said the 20-year-old male did not attend the university. Police said the two had known each other for some time and recently begun a relationship.

The incident is the latest in a string of concerning ones for students in Bloomington.

"This year ... it just seems to be heightened," senior Basharaa Harris said.

Earlier this week, family members reported student Joseph Smedley missing. Police have said he told people he was leaving the country but they are asking for tips in the case and a missing flier has been widely circulated on social media.

IU Police also announced this week that they are investigating a report of a student who was raped twice by the same suspect in a dorm.

Harris gets IU Notify alerts from the school and expected to see them in those cases, but has yet to get a single one.

"It’s just baffling me that nobody has said anything," Harris said.

She and other students took to Twitter, sending tweets to the school voicing their concerns about a lack of communication. IU Bloomington tweeted her back, saying they only send alerts if there is a threat to students and staff.

The IU Notify website sites a policy to send alerts in the event of "immediate dangers, such as severe weather or hostile intruders, and ongoing threats that could cause harm, such as unsolved robberies and sexual assaults."

Harris said she was happy the school replied to her concerns and took them seriously, but that she is shaken up and doesn't like having to seek out information on her own.

"I do feel safe but I don’t necessarily think IU’s doing everything to notify their students to keep them safe," Harris said.