Student charged with double homicide in dorm-room slaying at University of Colorado in Colorado Springs

He is currently being held at the El Paso County Jail on $1 million bond.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

A man has been arrested in connection with a double homicide that occurred in a dorm room at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs last week.

Nicholas Jordan, a 25-year-old Detroit native enrolled at the school, was taken into custody on Monday and subsequently charged with first degree murder for the deaths of fellow student Sam Knopp, 24, and single mother Celine Rain Montgomery, 26.

According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, the incident took place shortly before 6am on Friday February 16 at UCCS' Crestone House. Campus police received reports of gunfire coming from one of the dorm rooms, and upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered Knopp and Montgomery, both of whom were pronounced dead.

An arrest warrant for Jordan was obtained later that day, and officers from the CSPD's Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force began their search.

The suspect was located inside a vehicle on Cliff Point Circle East shortly before 8am on Monday by members of the CSPD's Motor Vehicle Theft Unit, and arrested "without incident" 40 minutes later.

He is currently being held at the El Paso County Jail on $1 million bond.

The CSPD explained that this appears to have been an isolated incident where the victims and suspect knew each other, adding that there was no threat to others.

As the BBC reports, the school cancelled classes on Monday and held a "healing" walk to begin the process of "rebuilding trust and safety of our campus."

Both Knopp and Montgomery were Colorado natives, however as the Daily Mail reports, their relationship is unclear. The former had been studying music at the university, while the latter was a freelance copywriter in the health and wellness sector and had two young children.

Upon hearing that there had been a shooting at the school, Knopp's mother took to Facebook to express her concern.

"PLEASE EXCUSE MY LANGUAGE BUT IT'S THE GODDAMNED GUNS!" she said before learning that her son had been killed. "This hits way too close to home and it makes me want to vomit. All the 'thoughts and prayers' in the world mean nothing without action to back them up."

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