Gamer Arrested Over Web-Chat Link to Murder

A German computer gamer is being questioned by police over the murder of a British university student after an apparent argument on an online discussion site.

Matthew Pyke, 20, who was found stabbed to death Sept. 26 at his home in Nottingham, central England, ran a Web site with his girlfriend dedicated to discussing the computer strategy game "Advance Wars."

Days after his body was found, a German gamer calling himself David Heiss sent a message to Pyke's girlfriend apologizing for "having caused so much trouble lately."

Nottinghamshire Police confirmed Thursday that they had arrested a man in Germany over the killing, and a link with the Internet was one of several lines of inquiry being pursued.

Pyke's body was found by his girlfriend, Joanna Witton, 20, in the apartment that they shared above a pub in downtown Nottingham on Sept. 26.

There were no signs of a break-in and police believe that he may have known his killer.

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