Penn State Student Shot Dead by Man Who Wanted His Motorcycle: Police

Police searching for suspect who shot a student after trying to steal the student's red motorcycle

Police are looking for a man who shot and killed a Penn State student who was sitting on the stoop of his girlfriend's house near Temple University late Monday afternoon.

The gunman asked for the keys to 23-year-old Mohan Varughese's red motorcycle, police say. When Varghese refused, the suspect shot him three times -- in the face and in the chest -- at about 5:12 p.m., police say.

"I lost my brother -- I loved him so much," said Mohan's brother Aby Matthew.

While Varughese was not a Temple Student, Temple officials warned university students to stay away from the area around the crime scene on the 2200 block of Camac Street.

Temple University officials said that they aren't working with Philadelphia Police to increase patrols around the campus.

The suspect is a bald black man, about 6-feet tall wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black nylon sweatpants, according to a Temple press release.

A memorial for Varughese was held on Tuesday at the Ascension Marthoma Church in the Northeast. Hundreds came out to remember the promising student who was set to graduate with a psychology degree later this week. Instead he is being buried Saturday.


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