U of M student Kayla Koranda shot by UMD's Nicholas Roecker in apparent murder-suicide

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Roecker (left) allegedly killed (Koranda) right before killing himself.
Around 4 p.m. Monday, authorities responding to an emergency call from a rural Olmsted County home found 18-year-old University of Minnesota-Twin Cities student Kayla Koranda in a shed, dead from a gunshot wound. In the same shed, injured, was 19-year-old University of Minnesota-Duluth student Nicholas Roecker. He later died from his gunshot injuries.

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Authorities say they believe Roecker was responsible for killing his Rochester Lourdes High School classmate before turning his handgun on himself. The longtime friends graduated last year before leaving for college, and were both back in the Rochester area during winter break.

A statement released yesterday by the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office says that Roecker and Koranda weren't known to be lovers but leaves lots of questions unanswered.

"The depth of their relationship is still not known at this time," the statement says. "However, it is believed that they were just friends."

Sheriff David Mueller told reporters Roecker suffered from a mental illness and said Koranda may have been visiting him at his family's property about 20 minutes north of Rochester in an effort to help him deal.

"We're still waiting to see if we can get into cellphones and additional information that may be available about what motive there was," Mueller said (via the Duluth News Tribune). "We don't know a lot of what led up to what happened at the scene... [but] we know from family that the woman was just going to visit him due to his depression or that sort of thing."

A mutual friend told the Star Tribune that both Roecker and Koranda were liked by many and characterized news of the murder-suicide as shocking.

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Everyday Normal Guy
Everyday Normal Guy

It's one thing to decide if you want to live or die. But taking somebody else along for the ride when your ready to roll is a very selfish act.

Gary J. Fischbach
Gary J. Fischbach

Still waiting for your explaination why the NRA is to blame. There are laws saying he can't leagally own or buy a pistol. If he took the gun from his parents, then his parents are also breaking the law by not having it secured if he was under 18 or he stole it, also illegal. So what new law would have prevented this if the handfull of other laws didn't stop him? If this were a legal purchase, which it isn't, most states aren't reporting mental illness cases to the NICS system. That is, if he had a medical record if mental illness that could be reported. Still kinda wondering why the NRA is to blame?

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

Libel is what gun nuts resort to when their arguments are weak.

Gary J. Fischbach
Gary J. Fischbach

No mention of how he got the gun. He's too young to legally purchase and can't leagally carry. Many laws already broken. Not sure how the NRA is libel.

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

Thank the NRA for making it so easy...

Erin Burckhard
Erin Burckhard

How terribly sad... No one should have to endure the terror and fear of this kind of tragedy, no one should have to die at the hands of a mentally unstable and ill person. I have to agree with Megan Manley ... I've heard of way too many people falling victim to their significant other or friend they trust, either way it ends with them having mental problems. And, most of the victims are women... It's disturbing, you really cannot trust anyone anymore... It really compounds the sadness when you have some ass clown ^^ (please see some ingenious commenting previous to my comment) ^^ who shows up and trolls the shit out of a post that friends, family, coworkers, classmates, acquaintances, and so on, will all view and see. You Sir, are a Douchebag. It's really unfortunate that people like you, with your mentality and thoughtlessness, aren't the ones who are taken out instead of these poor victims... Then, everyone could show up and talk shit about you... on an internet site... Wow, what a fascinating life you must lead to have time to think up such statements. Thank God you have enough mental capacity left to form somewhat full sentences and can put words together to convey such stupid, rude, crass, moronic, heartless, and callous thoughts and opinions. Yes, Devilsd Ictionary, I am talking to you. Yay for freedom of speech! Oh wait, you are from Canada so the US Constitution doesn't apply to you, but it does to me. Put the shoe on the other foot, think about what you are saying and why, then STFU and keep your meaningless and degrading comments to yourself.

Ben Perrier
Ben Perrier

" Poor families. Guns, depression, awful results." Poor people are not exclusive to depression. Guns? Go back under the covers and hide.

Aaron Johnson
Aaron Johnson

It's very sad that people can't even get along on a post like this....

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours topcommenter

Plenty of women around the metro have been dying at the hands of one-time male companions. Seems like it's on the increase.

Wendy
Wendy

Violence against women is an epidemic and has been for decades. 

About 1/3 of female murder victims aged 12 or older are killed by an intimate partner, vs. roughly 3% of male victims.

Intimate Partner Violence is a leading cause of homicides and injury-related deaths during pregnancy.

When the victim/offender relationship was known, female murder victims were almost 6 times as likely as
male murder victims to have been killed by an intimate (42% vs 7%). 2 out of 5 female murder victims were killed by an intimate.

One out of every five American women has been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.

63.84% of women who reported being raped, physically assaulted, and/or stalked since age 18 were victimized by a current or former husband, cohabiting partner, boyfriend, or date.

The reasons for this are complex and important to understand, but typically are discussed as anomalies and not discussed or recognized as the unacceptable cultural norm that it has become.



Viv Henry
Viv Henry

BringChange2Mind posted 1/8/14: Time to talk - a parent's perspective on children's mental illness: Liza Long at TEDxSanAntonio 2013 http://youtu.be/EkL6Qx07aiU * Actually, youth battling Mental Illnesses IS an epidemic.....1 in 5 children! 1 in 5 children battle serious Mental Illnesses. Please listen to Liza Long's TEDx speech above. She's parent to a son battling/living w/severe Mental Illness.

Ben Perrier
Ben Perrier

More drugs (in my opinion) Is Not The Answer! Better life choices( healthy eating, exercise/ physical activities Is. for a start anyway. Out the door i go. :)

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Great post Ben. I agree with most if not all of it. I think we're on the same side! :)

Ben Perrier
Ben Perrier

The answer to that question is more often than not, Yes. But are they at fault? I don't think so, but the way in which you stated your "question for discussion" it came across as simply looking to blame the parents. I think we can agree depression is a terrible disease that destroys many peoples lives and there needs to be more education on the subject. @Viv, too many doctors are prescribing too many drugs at an early age which can( and usually do) create more problems.

Megan Manley
Megan Manley

Margorie Holland, Kira Steger, Anna Hurd, Manya Johnson, Dannielle Jelinek, Mandy Matula, Anarae Schunk, Kayla Koranda... this is just in MN, just in the past year, and I am sure there are more I am forgetting. This list will only get longer until we all, both men and women, as a society address the issues that lead to domestic violence. women will continue to die at the hands of the ones who claim to love them until domestic violence is treated as the serious, LIFE THREATENING issue that it is.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Also, Ben, "Are parents completely blind to depression?" was a question and neither a condemnation of parents, a statement, or me placing blame on anyone. It was a question for discussion.

Viv Henry
Viv Henry

Actually, youth battling Mental Illnesses IS an epidemic.....1 in 5 children! 1 in 5 children battle Mental Illnesses. Please listen to Liza Long's TEDx speech above. She's parent to a son battling/living w/severe Mental Illness.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

I am part of that "we" as I am a parent too. Many parents struggle getting their own children psychiatric help due to the societal stigma(s) attached to it. We can work to change that IMO.

Ben Perrier
Ben Perrier

You placed the blame on the parents as if we are able to detect or diagnose a mental disorder or subtle signs of depression which is simply not reality. Have a nice day.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Very true - it does happen everywhere. However, I live in MN and am more apt to care about what's happening in my immediate community over what what is a worldwide trending issue.

Ben Perrier
Ben Perrier

We are not exclusive to this Daren. It happens Everywhere.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Also, I did not at any time equate depression with a cold. Colds generally don't kill but depression can kill the affected person and, in horrible cases, innocent bystanders (Adam Lanza).

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

I think you are the only one to use the term "epidemic." I merely stated we have a problem here in MN with young people not being able to cope w/ normal rejection from their peers.

Ben Perrier
Ben Perrier

You speak of depression as if its like detecting a cold which it is not. 4 deaths is 4 too many but an epidemic it is not.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Mandy Matula, Anarae Kristine Schunk, Kayla Koranda and more can be linked.

Jan Silloway
Jan Silloway

Oh I hate this so much. Poor families. Guns, depression, awful results.

Nikki Ramblin Shoemaker
Nikki Ramblin Shoemaker

This is another example that stricter gun control isnt the answer. Our society needs to take mental illness more seriously. It's very difficult, if not impossible, for people to get treatment. We NEED to make treatment more available to people. My heart goes out to the families and friends of both these young adults.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Four young men have murdered their GFs or other women they desired in MN this year, one of whom was here in my hometown. Depression can be detected and treated IMO. Telling me I know nothing of the subject at hand is off base when you aren't aware of the previous crimes.

Ben Perrier
Ben Perrier

This is the only one i've heard about Daren. You make it sound like this is an epidemic which clearly it is not. Depression is not easily detected, especially by a parent. Try to be a little more understanding of something you clearly know Nothing about.

truckmeyer
truckmeyer

This is awful.

Sorry. That's all I've got.

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

too many kids are over medicated yet the ones who need it aren't getting it! sad stuff.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Why so many young men killing their crushes in MN this year? We have a societal problem here.

Viv Henry
Viv Henry

Horrible tragedy! Please keep in mind that

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

How many boys are going to murder girls they can't have here in MN? Are parents completely blind to depression?

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