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Police confirm identities of Casper victims

Police confirm identities of Casper victims

Dec 2, 2012 - From staff reports

The Friday morning murder-suicide left three dead, including former Lander resident James Krumm.

Officials on Saturday confirmed Friday's article in The Ranger that named former Lander resident James Krumm, 56, as a victim in the Friday morning murder-suicide at Casper College.

According to police, the Casper College professor died at the hands of his son, Christopher Krumm, 25, of Vernon, Conn., who shot James Krumm in the head with a compound bow at about 9 a.m. Friday during a computer science class on the third floor of the Wold Physical Science Center on the Casper College campus.

Christopher Krumm then fatally stabbed James Krumm with a large hunting knife while also cutting or stabbing himself, according to reports. Police said Christopher Krumm was still alive when officials arrived on scene, but he died minutes later as a result of his injuries.

Christopher Krumm is also suspected to have killed his father's live-in girlfriend, 42-year-old Heidi Arnold, just before heading to the Casper College campus. The Casper College math instructor's body reportedly was found outside of her home about two miles from campus soon after police responded to the college Friday morning.

Officials said she died of multiple stab wounds, and her body was found in the gutter in her street.

Reports state Christopher Krumm smuggled the compound bow onto the Casper College campus beneath a blanket. Krumm also reportedly had two knives in his possession, and the knife he used was "very large," according to police. Christopher Krumm reportedly arrived in Casper on Thursday and checked himself into a motel.

James Krumm, who was born in England and lived in Germany before moving to the United States to attend the University of Wyoming, worked in Lander for nine years as an instructor at the Wyoming Life Resource Center, formerly the Wyoming State Training School.

According to his biography on the Casper College website, he taught at the middle school and high school levels throughout the country, and he has worked at Casper College since 2002. He reportedly was the head of the college's computer science department.

According to reports, the college will hold a candlelight vigil and memorial service Tuesday in honor of the victims of Friday's attack.

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