A Vienna woman has been identified by law enforcement and Virginia Tech officials as the subject of a homicide investigation taking place in Blacksburg, Va.
Samanata Shrestha, 22, a former James Madison High School student and a Virginia Tech senior, was identified Tuesday as the victim of a homicide currently being investigated by Blacksburg police.
On Monday, police arrested Jessica Michelle Ewing, 22, on one count of second-degree murder, and Keifer Kyle Brown, 23, for being an accessory after the fact and for concealing a dead body, according to court records.
Arrest warrants for Ewing and Brown allege that the incident occurred on Saturday.
Virginia Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski confirmed that Brown is a senior at the school, and that Ewing is a recent graduate.
On Tuesday, Virginia Tech President Charles Steger released a letter to faculty and students, naming Shrestha as a student at the university.
“Those who knew Samanata Shrestha, a senior majoring in biological sciences from Vienna confirm her zest for school and love of Virginia Tech,” he wrote. “One teacher described her as a ‘faculty member’s dream’ because of her exceptional scholarship, love of learning, and ‘she always had a smile.’ A University Honors student, Samanata had minors in medicine and society and psychology. She was inducted into Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges 2013. That an inspiring young woman would lose her life to violent crime hurts beyond belief.”
Virginia Tech has announced that a visitation for Shrestha will be held Wednesday from noon until 2 p.m. at the McCoy Funeral Home in Blacksburg.
Attorney contact information for Ewing and Brown was not provided in court records.
Ewing is in custody and scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Montgomery County General District Court on April 17, according to court records. Brown is also in custody and is currently scheduled for a bond hearing Feb. 24.