Portland State student remembered as artist and activist
Police are investigating the homicide of a 19-year-old Portland State University student whose alleged assailant was also a student and former football player there.
The woman shot and killed early Monday, April 4 near the university campus has been identified as Amara Marluke. Her death was ruled a homicide.
The suspect, Keenan Harpole, 20, was arrested Monday in his hometown of Bend, after surrendering to police there. Harpole was booked into Multnomah County jail on charges of second-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon. Police have classified the case as domestic violence.
Marluke was an arts and music major at PSU described as an artist, activist and vibrant member of her community whose death has shocked the university. Before enrolling at PSU, she attended Sunset High School in Beaverton and served on the school's Black Student Union.
Stephen Percy, president of PSU, released a statement Tuesday morning, saying those who knew Marluke are mourning her death.
"I am profoundly affected by the sheer tragedy of this loss," Percy stated. "My heart breaks for Amara's family and for everyone who knew her. I offer my deepest sympathies. We will work together as a campus community to heal."
Percy encouraged students and staff to take advantage of community support resources and counseling centers in the wake of Marluke's death.
The suspect, Harpole, also attends PSU and previously played football for the PSU Vikings after graduating from Mountain View High School in Bend. Court records show Harpole worked for Uber Eats while going to school and was recently staying at University Point in downtown Portland after previously living with his mother in Beaverton. A request for Harpole's release from jail on his own recognizance was deferred to a judge and not immediately granted.
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