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Suspect arrested in connection to shooting deaths of Samuel Knopp and Celie Montgomery at UCCS



An individual suspected of being responsible for the fatal shooting of two individuals inside a dormitory room on the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs campus has been apprehended.

Colorado Springs police announced the arrest of the suspect early Monday afternoon.

Authorities did not disclose the identity of the suspect but affirmed that the suspect was acquainted with the victims.

The Colorado Springs Police Department clarified that the incident was “not a random attack targeting the school or other students at the university.”

The bodies of a 24-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, both suffering from gunshot wounds, were discovered early Friday morning in Crestone House within the Alpine Village area.

Over the weekend, they were identified as Samuel Knopp, a registered UCCS student from Parker, and Celie Rain Montgomery, a resident of Pueblo.

The university has arranged a “healing march” for Monday afternoon, scheduled to commence at 2 p.m. starting from the Roaring Fork dining hall.

Residents of the Colorado Springs area who wish to participate are welcome to attend to honor the victims.

Remarks will be delivered by UCCS Chancellor Jennifer Sobanet, student body president Axel Brown, and UCCS Chief of Police Dewayne McCarver, among others.

Situated along Austin Bluffs Parkway in northeast Colorado Springs, the UCCS campus is one of four universities within the University of Colorado system, with the others located in Boulder, Denver, and Aurora (the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus).