Update: Murder of Student, Suicide of Ex-Professor Near University of Idaho


UPDATE: 3:30 p.m.:
Tuesday afternoon, Moscow police identified the victim of a Monday night shooting in Moscow as 22-year old Katy Benoit of Boise. Benoit earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Idaho last year and was about to begin her first year as a graduate student at the U of I.

Moscow police said former U of I associate professor Ernesto Bustamante, a suspect, killed himself Tuesday morning at the University Inn Best Western hotel as law enforcement was in the process of serving a search warrant of his hotel room. Bustamante was employed by the university from 2007 through 2011. According to police, he resigned his position last Friday.

Tragedy has cast a long shadow across the campus of the University of Idaho in Moscow as thousands of students and faculty return to campus this week.

A 22-year-old U of I graduate student was murdered Monday night at an off-campus residence. Her identity is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin. Moscow police have confirmed that a suspect, Ernesto Bustamante, a former faculty member who worked at the university from 2007 to 2011 is now dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"We are both shocked and saddened by these events," read a statement from the university this morning. "The university is making grief counseling available for students, faculty and staff."

The university's convocation, scheduled for this afternoon, will be rescheduled.