Luisa Ines Cutting is facing second-degree murder charges

By Christine Pelisek
January 25, 2019 04:50 PM
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A Virginia college student is facing a second-degree murder charge after she allegedly killed her roommate, PEOPLE confirms.

Luisa Ines Cutting, a Radford University student, was arrested Thursday for the second-degree murder of her roommate 20-year-old Alexa Cannon, also a student at the university.

The psychology student was stabbed multiple times, according to Jenni Wilder, public information officer with the city of Radford.

“It is quite a tragedy,” she tells PEOPLE. “It is our first homicide in three years.”

The two students lived off-campus, Wilder says.

An arraignment for Cutting was postponed for Friday. She is being held on no bail in the New River Valley Regional Jail. It is not clear if she has an attorney assigned to her case.

Luisa Cutting
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Police were called to their apartment in the 1200 block of Clement Street about 7:45 a.m. Thursday.

According to a search warrant obtained by PEOPLE, a dispatch officer was able to hear a woman yelling and “making reference to a knife.”

When officers arrived, they knocked on the door and were encountered by a woman who was “covered in blood.”

“The female turned around, placed her hands behind her back and stated, ‘Arrest me,’ ” the search warrant said.

When one of the officers asked the woman what happened, she allegedly responded: “I killed her.”

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Radford University President Brian Hemphill called the killing an “inexcusable and heinous act,” in a campus-wide email Friday, according to the Roanoke Times. Cannon, he wrote, was scheduled to graduate in May and was very involved in campus life.

“Like every Highlander, Alexa had a full life ahead of her, a life poised to make a great impact on those she would have encountered, the career she was pursuing and the communities in which she would have lived,” the statement read.