Drug-Crazed Intruder Kills Samuel Traut, Popular Bible Teacher at NDSU Newman Center

Drug-Crazed Intruder Kills Samuel Traut, Popular Bible Teacher at NDSU Newman Center June 24, 2015
Samuel Traut - Facebook page
Samuel Traut – from his Facebook page

“A good young man unknowingly opened his back door to a monster.”

At a news conference regarding back-to-back slayings in Fargo, North Dakota, Police Chief Dave Todd repeated the line he’d heard Wednesday, explaining why 24-year-old Samuel Traut had been killed. The young man, who taught bible studies and other courses at the Newman Center at North Dakota State University, was hammered to death after opening his door and offering a stranger a glass of water.

Ashley K. Hunter, who is accused of murdering Traut, is also charged with another crime just a few miles away, where he is accused of killing 45-year-old Clarence Flowers, stabbing him more than 50 times.

Hunter was probably strung out on meth when he committed the murders, according to police.

According to the Star-Tribune:

Traut, who grew up in the central Minnesota community of Sartell, was living in Fargo and was an active member of the Catholic student center serving North Dakota State University. Traut graduated in 2013 from NDSU with a degree in civil engineering and was working in his profession in Fargo.

Traut had graduated from North Dakota State University in 2013, according to his Facebook page. He was trained as a civil engineer, and was working in his field in Fargo. He was described as a “tinkerer” and a fun-loving guy. He was a devout Catholic and taught bible studies at St. Paul’s Catholic Newman Center 

On Samuel Traut’s Facebook page, friends and acquaintances expressed shock and grief that he was gone, and offered prayers for the repose of his soul.

Message to Samuel Traut

Message 2 to Samuel Traut

Message 3 to Samuel Traut

The messages go on and on. It seems everyone Sam met was touched by his love and his faith.

A prayer service was held Wednesday evening at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sam’s hometown of Sartell.

May God welcome Sam and the other victim, Clarence Flowers, into His kingdom, and may He comfort the families and loved ones who feel this loss so vividly today.


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  • kc54

    Samuel seems to have touched many lives while here for his short life, letting his light shine brightly. What a sad loss for the world. I am sorry for his family and friends, and the many others who were blessed to cross his path and left with fond memories. RIP., young man, and may the angels lead you into paradise. May our Lord grant you eternal rest.

  • JoyInTheLord

    A stranger here crying his eyes out for you, but you are brother in the faith. I thank God for giving you such a generous heart that you have touched the lives of many. May you continue your good works here while you are there, as I know you will.

  • M B

    My heart is so touched also… Lord Jesus, at these times is when we need you the most. We believe in your promise of everlasting life, love and joy… Please be with Sam’s family and strengthen them and re assure them of your promises.
    May you Lord Jesus and your Blessed Mother be at their side. As for Sam… we have the certainty that he is now in your loving arms.

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  • William Neu

    murder to become much more widespread: daniel1021-thebookoftruth.blogspot.com/p/welcome.html

  • Roxane Beauclair Salonen

    Thanks for writing this. Sam’s death has certainly been a shock to our Catholic community here in Fargo, and beyond. I appreciate the prayers this will prompt for Sam and those who love him.

  • Patricia

    Blessed repose & eternal memory for the servant of God, +Samuel. May God grant His mercy & peace to all those involved in this terrible crime.

  • AugustineThomas

    Notice how you rarely to never hear about a deeply religious Christian murdering a secularist. It’s always miserable secularists murdering devoutly religious Christians.