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ASU student from Minnesota was handcuffed, beaten to death

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

The family of an ASU student whose body was found in her apartment, nearly unrecognizable, says they didn't see any warning signs she was in an unstable relationship.

19-year-old Rebecca Dawn Kasper, a junior majoring in marketing, was killed at a Tempe apartment complex located near campus. She is from St. Cloud, Minnesota and went to Northfield Senior High School, according to her Facebook page.

To make entry to the home, officers had to break down the door, and found her body in the bathtub, covered with blankets and coffee grounds with a plastic bag over her head.

Authorities say Kasper was found handcuffed and had been beaten. She had blunt force trauma to her head and face.

Her ex-boyfriend, 22-year-old Luis Soltero, was arrested in connection to her death. He's facing one count of first degree murder.

Kasper's family flew in from Minnesota Tuesday night. Her dad Dan Kasper said she and Soltero were very serious -- and that he seemed like a good guy.

"He was quiet, laid back and easy going... nothing that would indicate anything like this would ever happen."

But something went wrong in their love story. They recently broke up, and neighbors reported hearing arguing some time before the murder.

On Tuesday, Soltero went to the police station and reported her death, bringing along her Minnesota driver's license. He also claimed he was suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, which was from a failed suicide attempt, according to court paperwork.

Soltero moved from El Paso to Tempe but was not enrolled at ASU. They met in North Carolina in the summer, and had spent the holidays in Minnesota together.

Kasper lived in Fountain Hills with her family in her youth, and always wanted to move back and enroll at ASU. She was a good student and made the Dean's List.

"This was the only college she applied at. She says, that's where I'm going to school. I'm going to make it. She was focused, she was determined," said Dan Kasper.

"I don't know how... as a parent you live your life for your kids. Anything you do is for your kids and their future. Like lightning out of the sky, we had no idea this was coming."

Officers discovered several notes near Kasper's body. They read, "I killed her because I had to end her life" and "I don't know where to go from here. Do I kill again, end it with myself, or become invisible."

Her body had apparently been there for several days before Soltero reported it.

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

The notes weren't signed, but the handwriting is believed to be Soltero's.

Police are left trying to make sense of a motive.

"Somebody normal, we can't comprehend that. We don't know what brought him to this point," said Tempe Police Sgt. Mike Pooley. "What we do know is that he did commit this crime and he will have to face the justice system for it."

Soltero is being held on $1 million bond. Investigators say despite turning himself in, he has not made a confession.

"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," the university stated.

Related story: ASU sophomore found dead at Tempe apartment, boyfriend arrested

Video: FOX 10's Jessica Flores and Andrew Hasbun report.

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