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PSU Student Charged in Woman’s Death

Turns self in for shooting

Keenan Harpole (left) is arrested for second-degree murder, domestic violence and unlawful use of a weapon in the death of Amara Marluke (right). Both were Portland State University students.

A Portland State University student who was a member of the school’s football team turned himself in to law enforcement Monday after a woman also identified as a PSU student was shot and killed near the school in downtown Portland.

Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Keenan Harpole at a family property in Bend after he agreed to surrender, officials said.

The 20-year-old, a former running back, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on suspicion of second-degree murder, domestic violence and unlawful use of a weapon.

Officers responded to the shooting around 1 a.m. Monday, finding Amara Marluke, 19, dead at the scene. Marluke was studying music at PSU, according to reports.

“Amara was an artist and an activist and a vibrant member of our community,” Portland State President Stephen Percy said in a statement. “My heart breaks for Amara’s family and for everyone who knew her.”

Officials at PSU have offered counseling support to students impacted by the trauma.


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