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STUDENT DEATH CALLED KNIFING

A student found dead in his dormitory room at Gallaudet University, a school for the hearing-impaired, had been stabbed to death, District of Columbia police said Sunday.

Benjamin Varner, 19, of San Antonio, Texas, had multiple stab wounds to the head and body, said police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile.

The body was found Saturday morning in a fourth-floor dorm room of Cogswell Hall. That is the same dormitory where freshman Eric F. Plunkett, 19, of Burnsville, Minn., was found beaten to death in a first-floor room Sept. 28.

Police Chief Charles Ramsey said there is no evidence yet of a link between the two deaths.

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