Co-ed Allegedly Stabbed Roommate & 'Best Friend' 40 Times With Butcher Knife

Luisa Cutting reportedly told cops at bloody scene: “Arrest me, I killed her.”

January 29, 2019
Luisa Cutting [Radford City Police Department]

Luisa Cutting [Radford City Police Department]

Luisa Cutting [Radford City Police Department]

By: Mike McPadden

RADFORD CITY, VA — A Radford University student is accused of fatally stabbing her “best friend” 30 to 40 times in an off-campus apartment they shared. In a gruesome twist, the suspect’s last name is “Cutting.”

Police say that Luisa Cutting, 21, attacked her roommate and “best friend” Alexa Cannon, 20, with a butcher knife last Thursday.

At around 7:45 A.M., neighbors called 911 about “screaming” coming from the students’ apartment. A police operator dispatched officers to the scene and reported hearing someone yelling about a knife in the background.

Upon arrival, responders said Cannon lay motionless on the floor with a knife protruding from her mouth, and that Cutting, who was “covered in blood,” approached them. According to the arrest warrant: “The female turned around, placed her hands behind her back, and stated, ‘Arrest me. I killed her.’”

Rescue workers later pronounced Cannon dead at the scene.

Officers took Cutting to a local jail where she was held without bond and charged with second-degree murder. Authorities have not yet suggested any possible motive for the slaying.

The young women’s social-media accounts portray them as close friends with deep affection for one another. An Instagram post by Alexa Cannon showed her looking happy with Cutting, accompanied by the now eye-opening caption: “I met this girl two years ago online and somehow we ended up living across from each other for a year, this summer she was equivalent to my mom in Cancun. And unimaginably she still puts up with me and now we’re living together next year. Love you more Lu and everyone pray that we don’t kill each other this year.”

Radford University president Brian Hemphill said in an official statement: “This is a tragic moment for our campus community and the Radford family. During this difficult time, we ask that you provide support to your fellow Highlanders. The days and months to come will also be difficult as we extend our deepest sympathies, as well as our thoughts and prayers, to the family and loved ones of our student.” The school is also offering grief counseling to students, faculty, and staff members.

Talking to a reporter, Shelton Lewis, a third-year Radford University who knew both women said, “I’m lost for words. I really want know what was the motive behind it because they were best friends since freshmen year, and that was in 2016. Now it's 2019 and this has happened … I thought that we were all going to graduate next year.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Radford City Police Department at (540) 731-3624, or email

Next Up

Texas Cheerleaders Shot After Mistakenly Getting In The Wrong Car

Payton Washington and Heather Roth were shot on April 18 after one of the girls accidentally got in the wrong car in a shopping center parking lot.

Florida Teen Sentenced To Life For Murder Of 13-Year-Old Classmate Stabbed 114 Times

Aiden Fucci allegedly told people “he was going to kill someone by taking them in the woods and stabbing them,” authorities said.

Louisiana State University Student Was Allegedly Raped Before Being Hit And Killed By A Car

Four men have been arrested in connection with the alleged rape of 19-year-old Madison Brooks in the early morning hours of Jan. 15, 2023.

Justice Finally Served For Washington Teen Who Was Brutally Murdered In 1991

Over three decades after Sarah Yarborough was brutally murdered on her way to meet her high school drill team, her murderer was finally convicted.

True Crime News Roundup: Missing California Woman Found Dead In Remote Woods, Ex-Husband Arrested

Plus: Four University of Idaho students brutally murdered; Pregnant Florida mom found shot; Gabby Petito’s family awarded $3 million in lawsuit; Parents of boy found dead in washing machine charged with his murder.

29-Year-Old Woman Arrested After Enrolling In New Jersey High School

A 29-year old woman from New Brunswick, New Jersey, posed as a high school student and attended classes for four days before she was caught and arrested.

What We Know About The Suspect Arrested In Murders Of Four Idaho College Students

On Dec. 30, 2022, Bryan Kohberger was arrested in connection with the November murders of Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, and Ethan Chapin.

Iowa College Student Allegedly Faked Cancer Diagnosis, Scammed Hundreds

A 19-year-old Iowa college student allegedly defrauded over 400 donors after raising more than $37,000 by faking a triple cancer diagnosis.

Amber Alert Canceled After Abducted 13-Year-Old Girl Escapes Kidnapper

A 13-year-old girl was kidnapped from her home in Reading, Pennsylvania on Aug. 31, 2022. Later that day, the girl was found over a hundred miles away.

Man Arrested After Ring Camera Captures Attempted Abduction Of 6-Year-Old Girl

33-year-old Deric McPherson was arrested on Aug. 23, 2022 after grabbing a 6-year-old girl and attempting to pull her down the sidewalk with him.