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CWU Community Shocked After Fatal Stabbing

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ELLENSBURG, Wash.-- NBC Right Now continues to follow a murder investigation near the Central Washington University campus.
The Kittitas County Coroner said the 23-year-old victim is Hector Mejia-Villa.
A campus that does not see a lot of violence in a community that is often considered a safe haven is now the center of this murder investigation.
"CWU Police working with other local law enforcement have begun to interview associates of the victim to see if they can learn more, and that's the state of the investigation as we know it today," said Linda Schactler, the Executive Director of Public Affairs for CWU.
"I was walking around just that night, and I saw all the cop cars," said Kyle Featherstone, a student at CWU. "I mean I live a block that way. It hits pretty close to home."
Mejia-Villa was found in a Central Washington University parking lot Saturday night suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was taken to a Kittitas Hospital where he later died.
Students said even though the victim was not a school employee or a fellow student, it is still scary to see this level of violence in what they consider a secure area.
"It does kind of make you think twice about going out late at night by yourself," Featherstone said.
"These actions come to these campuses for actions that aren't really related to school, whether it's drugs or other incidents and it shouldn't be happening near these campuses," said Jeffrey Olson, who lives near the crime scene. "It shouldn't be happening on them, these are safe zones for our kids to be learning. These are learning zones."
"We're thankful that this didn't happen during the school year, but this is a very safe campus, one of the safest in the US," Schactler said. "Very, very rare to have any kind of crime, let alone violent crime."
A spokesperson for Central said police are not releasing any clear cut motive for the murder. There are also no suspects at this time.