Thursday, August 25, 2011


A NUTTY professor is believed to have blasted his student lover and the turned the gun on himself, cops say. 
Gorgeous Katy Benoit, 22, a recent University of Idaho student was found outside her off campus apartment, blasted multiple times with a .45 pistol. 
The next morning cops found the body Ernesto Bustamante, who they believe had been in a relationship with her, with a self inflicted gunshot to the head. 
A warrant had been issued for the 31-year-old, who had recently resigned from his role as assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Communication, when they found him. 
Boise Police Lt Dave Lehmitz said: "It appears that the victim and suspect were known to each other and may have had previously a relationship."

Benoit's distraught family told KMVT: "Katy was a beautiful, intelligent and musically talented woman and we are so saddened by her tragic death.  
"She was looking forward to her graduate studies and excited about her future. Katy was a friend to many people and loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and cousin. Thank you to our many friends and the communities of Moscow and Boise for your love, support and prayers."
While police could not confirm the nature of their relationship, UI Dean of Students Bruce Pitman noted there was a university policy that bars faculty members from entering into romantic relationships with students.He also declined to comment on why Bustamante resigned last week.

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