A 19-year-old Indian-American student in Chicago was sexually assaulted and strangled, police said. Police have said that the murder has shocked American society.
Ruth George, originally from Hyderabad and an honorary student at the University of Illinois, died Saturday in the back seat of a family-owned vehicle in a campus garage.
The assailant, Donald Thurman, 26, was arrested Sunday from a Chicago metro station. He has nothing to do with the university. On Monday, he was formally charged with first-degree murder and sexual assault of George.
Medical examinations confirmed George’s death as a homicide.
According to the university, George is a sophomore and kinesiology major.
George’s family reported to the university police on Saturday that she had not heard the word since Friday evening.
Her phone was pinched into the Halstead Street parking garage, and police and family members responded, leaving George unresponsive in the back seat of her family’s vehicle.
Police sought assistance from the FBI Evidence Response Team to assist in the processing of the crime scene and to complete forensics on the vehicle.
The university said police have retrieved video footage from the university’s cameras of the offender who appeared to be walking behind George on Saturday.
She entered the garage on foot at 1:35 p.m. and was later found guilty. The culprit was again seen on video footage at 2:10 a.m. on Halstead Street.
Police have reviewed video footage from the Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago POD cameras, and its internal system.
Based on the observations, police detectives decided to visit the Blue Line station within hours of the perpetrator’s previous trip to the Blue Line.
Thurman, who has a criminal record, was arrested Sunday near the Blue Line train station at Halstead and Harrison streets. He was taken into custody and later made a full confession of this heinous crime.
“We are devastated by the loss of Ruth George, a member of our Honors College and a talented kinesiology student with dreams and aspirations to become a health professional and help others. In a statement Hours.
Yellow ribbons were hung around the campus in memory of George, nicknamed “Baby Color,” according to the news.
“Ribbon, the color is her favorite color,” said UIC student Cynthia Martinez. “In her memory, they asked if we could tie them up somewhere on campus.”
Her former gymnastics team coach said in a statement to ABC7 that George was “the sweetest girl” with a “bright smile” and he will be missed.