Virginia Tech student, recent grad arrested after murder

Posted at 8:39 AM, Feb 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-11 08:39:32-05
Jessica Michelle Ewing

Jessica Michelle Ewing

BLACKSBURG, Va. ( – A Virginia Tech student and a recent graduate have been charged in connection to a murder in Blacksburg.

Jessica Michelle Ewing, 22, was arrested Monday. Ewing is charged with second-degree murder. Virginia Tech officials confirmed that Ewing is currently enrolled at the university.

Keifer Kyle Brown, 23, is charged with accessory after the fact “by receiving, relieving, comforting or assisting Jessica Ewing after knowing that such person had committed a completed felony.”

Keifer Kyle Brown

Keifer Kyle Brown

Brown is a 2013 Virginia Tech graduate.

According to an arrest warrant, the victim is Samanata Shrestha. She was a Virginia Tech student and a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, a service organization.

Brown and Ewing are being held at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Jail without bond.

Both Ewing and Brown are former members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. Lt. Col. Don Russell said the Corps found out about the murder, and the alleged involvement of the former corps members, through social media.

Ewing and Brown both lived off-campus, according to the Virginia Tech Police Department.

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