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Manhunt After Campbellsville University Student’s Killing

The police in Campbellsville, Ky., are searching for a man wanted in connection with the killing of a Campbellsville University student on Saturday, officials said.

The student, Josiah Malachi Kilman, 18, was found unresponsive in his dorm room around 12:43 a.m. and transferred to Taylor Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the police said in a statement.

The police identified the man they were seeking as Charles E. Escalera, 21, and said they had obtained a warrant for his arrest, charging him with murder.

The police said Mr. Escalera remained at large. He was last seen in the parking lot of a Lowe’s. Additional details about what led up to the death were unavailable.

The authorities urged anyone who sees Mr. Escalera or knows of his whereabouts not to approach him but to call 911 instead.

The police in Campbellsville said they were working with the Kentucky State Police, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife to find Mr. Escalera.

Joseph Hopkins, the president of Campbellsville University, said in a statement that the university was “grieving the loss of one of our family.”

“We have lost a student and our hearts are broken,” he said. “During this devastating time, the continued safety of our students and the residents of our community are our primary concern. With consultation from local law enforcement, we will continue to implement every measure necessary to protect and support students and our community.”

Mr. Kilman’s death was the third case of fatal violence involving college students since Feb. 16.

A University of Colorado student was arrested on Monday on murder charges related to the fatal shooting of two people, one of them his roommate. And on Friday, the authorities in Georgia arrested a 26-year-old man in the killing of an Augusta University student whose body was found in a wooded area at the University of Georgia in Athens.

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