PSU student arrested in fatal shooting in Portland, Oregon

Posted at 8:03 AM, April 7, 2022 and last updated 7:44 PM, July 12, 2023

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland State University student turned himself in to law enforcement after a woman was shot and killed near the school.

This undated photo provided by the Portland Police Bureau shows murder victim Amara Marluke. (Portland Police Bureau)

KOIN-TV reports that deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Keenan Harpole at a family property in Bend, Oregon, after he agreed to turn himself in. The 20-year-old, a former running back on the university’s football team, was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on on suspicion of second-degree murder, domestic violence and unlawful use of a weapon.

It wasn’t immediately clear of Harpole had an attorney.

Officers responded to reports of the shooting near Portland State University around 1 a.m. Monday. Police found a woman dead at the scene. Portland police identified the victim as 19-year-old Amara Marluke.

The Medical Examiner determined Marluke died from gunshot wounds and ruled her death a homicide. The death marked the city’s 26th homicide so far this year, according to The Oregonian/OregonLive. That’s one more than Portland had seen by this time last year, which set an all-time record for homicides in the city at 90.

Officials at PSU have offered counseling support to students and said they are “saddened to learn that the epidemic of deadly gun violence that has plagued so many cities has hit close to home.”