Ohio State Student Killed by Boyfriend in Murder-Suicide: 'I Can't Believe This Is Real'
Police say a 25-year-old man fatally shot an Ohio State University student before turning the gun on himself early Sunday morning, PEOPLE confirms.
Authorities found Kyle Lafferty and 22-year-old Heather Campbell both dead with gunshot wounds in a Columbus, Ohio, apartment around 2:33 a.m. A Columbus Police Department spokesperson tells PEOPLE that the killings were not random and likely stemmed from a domestic incident.
“He was a current boyfriend or potentially going to be an ex-boyfriend,” the spokesperson says, noting that investigators are awaiting a toxicology report to determine the pair’s physical state at the time of the killings.
A woman who knew both Lafferty and Campbell found them dead at the home, on Olentangy River Road, the police spokesperson says.
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It is unclear whether Campbell lived at the home, but the spokesperson says she and Lafferty may have been living together.
Campbell, of Strongsville, Ohio, was a psychology major, Ohio State officials tell PEOPLE.
“We are heartbroken to learn about this tragedy,” the university said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.”
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In the wake of the deaths, Campbell’s friends and family members have remembered her as “caring” and “full of life.”
“I can’t believe this is real. My heart is broken. i love you so much heather.I know you’re in heaven right now, or where ever it is that good people go because you are an amazing person,” one person wrote in a Facebook post alongside photos of Campbell with friends.
“You seriously helped make me who I am and have always been such a big part of my life,” the post continued.
Another person wrote: “RIP Heather, you were a beautiful person inside & out and there are just no words for how terrible this is.”