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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • ASU student found dead, Kasper, was from Minnesota

  • Dan Kasper, of Northfield, appeared at a news conference with Tempe police Wednesday to talk about his 19-year-old daughter, Rebecca Kasper.
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  • An Arizona State University student found handcuffed and fatally beaten in the Tempe apartment of her boyfriend has family in Minnesota.
    Dan Kasper, of Northfield, appeared at a news conference with Tempe police Wednesday to talk about his 19-year-old daughter, Rebecca Kasper. Her 22-year-old boyfriend, Luis Soltero, is being held on $1 million bail in her death.
    Authorities say Soltero came into a police station Tuesday to report his girlfriend's death and gave officers her Minnesota driver's license. Officers who went to the apartment say they found Kasper's body in the bathtub and covered with blankets and a rubber mat with a plastic bag over her head.
    Police say Kasper had blunt force trauma to the head and face. The body already was in a state of decomposition and was sprinkled with coffee grounds and baking soda, according to documents released Wednesday.
    Dan Kasper tells the St. Cloud Times (http://on.sctimes.com/Y5kPfv ) his daughter was studying marketing.
    Police said they learned that Soltero and Kasper had recently broken off a relationship but were still seeing each other. A handwritten note listing the "pros" and "cons" of "breaking up with Becky" was found in the apartment, they said.
    Another note found wedged in the bathroom door reportedly stated that Kasper was killed "because I had to end her life" and that she died Saturday.
    Neighbors in the apartment complex told police the couple frequently argued, and the leasing office said a front door had to be replaced after it was damaged during an argument, documents showed.
    After telling police where they could find Kasper's body, Soltero also told officers that he had been sitting in a car for 12 hours with the engine running.
    He said he felt dizzy and was taken to the hospital for possible carbon monoxide poisoning. He was later released and booked into jail.
    Soltero did not have an attorney as of Wednesday evening, and police said he was no longer talking to them about the homicide case.

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