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Turkish university lecturer killed by law student caught cheating on exam

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A research assistant at an Ankara university was killed on Wednesday by a disgruntled student after she caught him cheating in an exam, the Hürriyet Daily News reported.

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

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

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

An investigation has been launched into the incident.

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 Thursday that it had also launched another investigation regarding the same incident over a student’s remarks “praising a crime and a criminal.”

The prosecutor’s office said their investigation concerns a student, known only 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.”

The murder also sparked a debate on gun ownership in Turkey where citizens own more than 25 million firearms.

According to a local foundation, incidents involving guns increased in Turkey by 28 percent in 2018.

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