Ex-Footballer Turns himself Into Portland Police Over Amara Marluke Murder

A former college football player has turned himself in to police after Portland State University (PSU) student Amara Marluke died.

Police say the 19-year-old was shot early Monday morning near the downtown Portland campus in this The Oregonian said police called an incident of domestic violence.

Ms Marluke was pronounced dead at the scene near Southwest College Street and Southwest 6th Avenue in Portland, and was identified on Tuesday.

Police say Keenan Harpole, 20, surrendered to police after Monday’s shooting and cooperated.

He turned himself in to police in Deschutes County, Oregon, and was later transferred to Portland, where he has since been held.

Mr Harpole has been charged with second degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon, and an investigation into what happened is ongoing.

In a statement on Tuesday, Portland State University said the former college football player is still studying on campus in Oregon’s largest city.

“It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that I write to you today with details of yesterday’s tragic shooting that took place near our campus,” said PSU Chairman Stephen Percy. “As we shared, a woman was killed around 1am yesterday morning.”

Ms Marluke has been described as “an artist and an activist and a vibrant member of our community”.

Mr Percy said: “His death is mourned by all of us. I am deeply touched by the sheer tragedy of this loss. My heart breaks for Amara’s family and for all who knew her. I offer my deepest sympathies. We will work together as a campus community to heal.

Tributes were also paid to Ms Marluke by those who knew her, including the Tualatin Hills Park & ​​Recreation District, with whom she worked on community outreach projects. The organization said she “was an incredible young woman, an inspiring community activist and a valued friend to many of us at THPRD” in a Facebook post.

Others praised Ms Marluke for her work as co-chair of PSU’s Black Student Union, with Professor Bright Alozie writing on Facebook: ‘I personally knew Amara both as a student, who attended a course that I offered and as one of the executives with whom I frequently interacted in our conversations to promote the interests of black students at PSU.

“She was so excited that I taught African women’s history last term and had planned to enroll me in my class on protests, activism and people power this term,” a- he added. “This loss is heartbreaking and tragic and I hope we all heal. My prayers are with Amara’s family at this time of loss.

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