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University of Akron student dies after roommate allegedly stabs him over fast food

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Posted at 12:24 PM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-06 11:12:40-05

A University of Akron student is facing charges after police say he stabbed his roommate during an argument early Saturday morning, leading to his roommate's death.

According to Akron police, 22-year-old Kendall Scheid grabbed a knife and stabbed 23-year-old Duncan Unternaher in the chest during an argument over fast food at their Grant Street apartment.

In a 911 call, a third roommate said both students were highly intoxicated.

The caller said he needed an ambulance because his roommate stabbed his other roommate.

"They are in the bathroom," he told the dispatcher. "He is keeping pressure on the wound, trying to keep him elevated."

Akron police say Unternaher was transported to Summa Akron City Hospital where he died from his injuries around 5:55 p.m., according to the Akron Medical Examiner's office. 

The Akron chapter of Phi Delta Theta posted on Facebook that the student died on Sunday after being "placed on lung and heart assistance machines where he courageously battled for his life."

The University of Akron American Marketing Association also posted on Facebook about Unternaher's death.

The University of Akron released this statement regarding the incident: 

The University of Akron community is deeply saddened by this tragedy. University officials, including UA President Matthew Wilson, have been with his family and friends since the incident became known. UA has offered its full support to the family and to his fellow students. Grief counselors are being made available to those who find themselves in need of those services.

Scheid was charged with felonious assault and booked into the Summit County Jail. His charge was upgraded to murder after Unternaher's death. 

There is currently a Go Fund Me campaign set up to help Unternaher's family.