Police release identity of murdered ASU student

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe police have identified the Arizona State University student who was found dead in a Tempe apartment on Tuesday.

Police said they found 19-year-old Rebecca Kasper’s body in a bath tub at the University Pointe Apartments covered in blankets and a rubber yoga mat.

Police located Kasper’s body after Luis Soltero, 22, walked into the lobby of the Tempe Police Department and revealed that his girlfriend was dead inside an apartment near Rural Road and Apache Boulevard.

According to police, Soltero declined to discuss any further details without an attorney.

Investigators arrived at the apartment to find Kasper’s head covered with plastic wrapping and a plastic bag. One of her wrists had a handcuff attached to it, while dried blood was in and around the bath tub.

A dumbbell with blood on it was also found near the bath tub.

Police said they also found an unsigned, handwritten note wedged into the bathroom door that said, “I killed her because I had to end her life.”

The note went on to say, “I did not treat her right. She deserved better but never accepted it. So I had to make the choice for her. She died on 4-20 not because of drugs, but because a sociopath talked and treated her nice.”

The person who wrote the note added that they did not know what to do next, and suggested that they may kill themselves or someone else.

According to police, the handwriting on the note was consistent with Soltero’s handwriting.

Police said they spoke with neighbors at the apartment complex who said that Soltero and Kasper argued regularly. The leasing office at the complex reportedly had to replace the door on their apartment following one of their disputes.

Kasper’s employer also told investigators that she would frequently come to work with bruises that suggested she had been grabbed by the arm.

Along with informing police of the location of Kasper’s body, Soltero also told officers that he had been sitting in a car for 12 hours with the engine running.

Soltero said he felt dizzy and was taken to the hospital for possible carbon monoxide poisoning.

He was eventually released from the hospital and taken to Tempe Police Headquarters.

While being transported from the hospital, Soltero reportedly asked the police officer, “Do they still have final meals on death row?”

When the officer said he did not know, Soltero allegedly replied with, “I was wondering if I can order something from Texas.”

Soltero is now facing a charge of first degree murder.


Statement from Arizona State University:
Arizona State University is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Rebecca Dawn Kasper, an ASU junior majoring in marketing. ASU extends its sincere condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time. Counseling services for those who knew Kasper are being made available to the university community. For more information about the investigation into this case, please contact the Tempe Police Department.

ASU Counseling Services
ASU Counseling Services offers same day appointments with a counselor to discuss concerns, including relationship concerns. Both individual and couples counseling are available at ASU Counseling Services. No appointment is necessary and students can walk in or call (480-965-6146) at any time between Monday and Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. A counselor is always available to meet with students and their romantic partners when requested to assess their needs and help them connect with the appropriate services. EMPACT also offers a 24-hour ASU dedicated hotline (480-921-1006) available to students or others who may be concerned about a student. The hotline is not just for emergencies but rather is intended to provide immediate access to support for students experiencing any challenges.