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College student ID’d in slaying

August 2, 2018

A 22-year-old woman from the Chicago area who was a student at Purdue University Fort Wayne is Allen County’s latest homicide victim.  

The Allen County coroner identified the victim as Kiara Danielle Murphy. She was found with a gunshot wound in a Waynedale home early Tuesday and died at a hospital.

Murphy was studying or had studied at Purdue Fort Wayne, according to Facebook information confirmed with the Allen County coroner’s office.

Police arrived at Murphy’s home in the 6500 block of Old Trail Road about 4:50 a.m. Tuesday after receiving a report of a shooting. Murphy was inside the one-story home. 

The coroner’s report Wednesday said Murphy was shot in the abdomen. She was taken in serious condition to a hospital where she died.

Murphy’s death is the 29th homicide in Allen County this year. This time last year, Allen County had 18 homicides with a toll of 41 by the end of the year.

Detectives are asking that anyone who may have information about the case call the Fort Wayne Police Department at 260-427-1222 or Crime Stoppers at 260-436-7867. 

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