Ankara university lecturer killed by law student after catching him cheat in exam

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A research assistant at an Ankara university was killed on Jan. 2 by a disgruntled student after she caught him cheating in an exam.

The Çankaya University law school student, identified only as İsmail H., first stabbed the research assistant, Ceren Damar Şenel, and then shot her dead with a gun.

Damar, who was initially severely injured, succumbed to her wounds despite efforts by paramedics. The student was detained shortly after.

The police determined that the suspect had used his father’s gun, a retired police officer, to shoot the academic.

The suspect told the police that he decided to kill the lecturer after she insisted to launch a disciplinary procedure for cheating. He added that he called his parents after the murderand his father took him to the police center.

In a statement, Çankaya University said exams throughout the university were suspended for one day and for three days, between Jan. 3 and 5, at the law faculty.

Meanwhile, the Ankara Public Prosecutor’s Office said on Jan. 3 that it had also launched another investigation regarding the same incident over a student’s remarks “praising a crime and criminal.”

The prosecutor’s office said their investigation concerns a student, only known by the initials M.B., who said: “This exemplary behavior [of the killing of Ceren Damar Şenel] will hopefully reflect on our exams. Have a nice working day everyone.”

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