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Dorm Fight Leads to Death

A fight between two roommates at the University of Arizona Wednesday left one dead and the other hospitalized with injuries not considered life-threatening, authorities said.

The 18-year-old woman who died had told police last week that she suspected her roommate of stealing from her, authorities said.

Police identified the dead student as Mia Henderson of the Navajo Nation but released few other details. The surviving woman’s name was not released. Her injuries were not specified, and her condition wasn’t immediately known.

Campus police were called to the Graham-Greenlee residence hall shortly before 6 a.m. because of a fight involving injuries, Sgt. Eugene Mejia said. They found Henderson and her 18-year-old roommate and took them to the hospital.

Henderson had filed a police report Aug. 28 saying that she had been the victim of a property theft and that she suspected her roommate, University Police Chief Anthony Daykin said.

The roommate was an “investigative lead” and had been named as a possible suspect in a theft report filed by another student in the Graham-Greenlee residence hall, Daykin said.

Henderson had told officers she would not stay in the dorm room until her roommate was moved, he said. The university offered her alternative housing, but she declined, and Daykin said he doesn’t know when she went back to the room.

The university did not issue a campus alert or institute a lockdown after the fight.

President Robert Shelton sent out a notification electronically. A posting on the university’s Web site said an investigation is ongoing and called the incident “isolated and contained.”

Tucson police homicide investigators were assisting the investigation.


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