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Portland State University student Amara Marluke fatally shot near campus, suspect charged

A 19-year-old Portland State University student was gunned down near campus early Monday – and a former football player at the school has been charged with murder, reports say.

Amara Marluke, a singer studying music at university, was fatally shot in a domestic violence incident around 1 a.m. near Southwest College Street and Sixth Avenue, The Oregonian reported.

Later Monday, Keenan Harpole, 20, an ex-running back for the Portland State soccer team, turned himself in to police in connection with the fatal shooting, KOIN reported.

Harpole was charged with second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and domestic violence, the outlet reported, citing police.

Marluke is remembered as a loyal family member and friend who has campaigned on racial and social justice issues since at least high school, the newspaper reported.

Amara Marluke is remembered as a loyal friend who campaigned on racial and social justice issues throughout her high school through college, the newspaper reported.
Amara Marluke is remembered as a loyal friend who campaigned on racial and social justice issues throughout her high school through college, the newspaper reported.
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“To say that Amara was the light of our lives, a beautiful and caring soul would not do her anywhere near justice,” Marluke’s father, Bradley Marluke, told The Oregonian in a statement.

“Her devotion to her family and friends was unwavering and that she would die a senseless and violent death is unimaginable,” the father said.

Amara Marluke and her sister were adopted by Bradley Marluke and his wife. Before the couple took custody of Amara when she was 9, the father said she had a “rough” start in life growing up in a foster care system.

On Monday, Keenan Harpole turned himself in to police in connection with the deadly shooting, KOIN reported.
On Monday, Keenan Harpole — an ex-running back for the Portland State football team — surrendered to police.
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Marluke has been described by Portland State President Stephen Percy as “a living member of our community.”

“My heart breaks for Amara’s family and everyone who knew her,” Percy told the newspaper in a statement.

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