Student Charged With Killing Christian College Wrestler

( – Campbellsville University in central Kentucky is currently mourning after a star student and athlete was found dead. The 18-year-old student, Josiah Kilman, was on the college wrestling team and majoring in Theology as a freshman.

Kilman was found dead on the campus premises. Police discovered him unresponsive in his dorm room after responding to a call early on Saturday, February 24. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. An autopsy was performed by the state, revealing that Kilman had been strangled. A motive for the killing was not immediately known, but a suspect was found quickly.

The campus was temporarily under lockdown as a response to the incident. Kilman’s 21-year-old teammate Charles Escalera, an engineering major from Oklahoma, was taken into custody by state police on Saturday night. He was discovered as there were multiple calls about a suspicious person hiding in a nearby barn. Escalera faces multiple charges, including burglary of the second degree and murder. His bond is currently set at $2 million. According to court records, he admitted to breaking into a residence and taking food. He has not yet admitted to any sort of murder or attack.

The family of Josiah Kilman issued a statement, describing him as someone who was very passionate and had a good relationship with God. They said he was a good person who aspired to lead others in following him. They emphasized his positive impact on those around him and stated he was an embodiment of compassion, kindness, and love.

Campbellsville University President Joseph Hopkins expressed deep sorrow over the loss of Kilman, likewise describing him as a “bright light” and an incredible source of hope for the community. Hopkins highlighted Kilman’s passion for Christianity and led prayers with the wrestling team and coaches on Sunday following his death.

Campbellsville University, with over 1,000 students in Campbellsville and thousands more systemwide, is currently grappling with the aftermath of Kilman’s death. His tragic passing has deeply affected the entire university community.

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