GU Law student stabbed to death by GW graduate student
Early Sunday morning, a first year law student at Georgetown was found dead, allegedly stabbed to death by his high school friend after a night of drinking. Rahul Gupta, pictured at right, is a 24-year-old Georgetown alum and graduate student at George Washington University. He is being held in the Montgomery County jail with a $2 million bail and was charged with the murder of former classmate Mark Edward Waugh.
Police were called to the scene at 3:25 Sunday morning, and made their way into the unlocked apartment when no one answered the door. Inside they were met by a woman who asked if they could tell her what had happened. Police noted blood on her. As they continued into the apartment, they found more blood on the walls and Gupta lying on the floor, also covered in blood.
When police asked Gupta what had happened, his reply was straightforward. “I walked in on my girlfriend cheating on me,” he allegedly said. “My girl and my buddy were cheating. My girl was cheating with my buddy. I walked in on them cheating and I killed my buddy.”
Moments later the officers found Waugh, the buddy, bloody and unable to respond. He was pronounced dead, and according to the police a knife was used in the attack that killed him. Gupta was driven to the police station, where he reportedly told an officer that he had made a mistake and that Waugh had tried to kill him.
For Waugh and Gupta, the evening seems to have begun when they went out with Gupta’s girlfriend and another friend to celebrate his 24th birthday. Gupta and his girlfriend returned to their apartment with Waugh, where according to the woman they continued to drink. She said that she cannot remember anything after their last shots until Gupta woke her up and asked her to dial 911. Gupta told police that he woke up when she began to yell, and that he thought that she had been carrying on a relationship with Waugh behind his back.
Waugh and Gupta first met at Langley High School in McLean, Va. The two took Advanced Placement classes together and both went on to study at Georgetown, as Gupta completed a master’s degree in physiology at the University and Waugh was studying at the Law School.
One of Waugh’s close friends, Amelia Henry, stated via Facebook that those who knew the two men were shocked by the news and invited friends to come to her home in order to deal with the tragedy. “He was the best friend anyone could have,” she said of Waugh to the Washington Post. “He was going to change the world.”
Waugh’s funeral service took place at Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Great Falls, Va., on Sunday afternoon. He was interred Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. at Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Herndon, Va. His family asked that instead of flowers donations be made to the Mark Waugh Memorial Fund, which was created to generally support students at James Madison University and may be used to create scholarships there.
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