Criminal complaint details WVU student murder

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The criminal complaint in the WVU campus murder says the suspected gunman, Terrell Linear, 21, of Fairmont, not only admitted to shooting Eric Smith and also told police he pounded on doors in the hallway “so people could watch” him kill the victim.

Linear and Shaundarious Reeder, 20, of Fairmont, were arraigned today for first degree murder in Magistrate Court. Bail for felonies cannot be set by in Magistrate Court, so both suspects will await the decision of the Circuit Court for the possibility of bail.

According to the criminal complaint the victim, Smith, Linear and Reeder arrived at the College Park Apartments in the same vehicle when a fight broke out in the parking lot. Smith ran into the building and was chased by the two suspects.

The complaint says Linear told investigators he went back to the car to get two handguns and gave one to Reeder. Surveillance footage shows Linear entering the building with a firearm in his right hand and Reeder is seen with the butt of a pink firearm sticking out of his waistband.

Less than one minute later the pair are seen on surveillance footage fleeing from the building.

No information has been released about the relationship between the three men.

“It’s always a tragedy when a young person loses his life,” WVU Dean of Student Corey Farris said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to his family, those students and others who knew him. Our main priority right now is offering support to our campus community.”

WVU Police Chief W.P. Chedester urges anyone who may have seen something, no matter how seemingly insignificant to please contact police.

Delegate Danielle Walker says the gun violence must stop.

“This is someone’s child, this is a member of our community, so young,”Walker said,”The gun violence must stop.”