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Brutal rape and murder of Indian-American girl shocked the community in the United States and the world. The 19-year old Ruth George originally hailed from Hyderabad and was an honours student at the University of Illinois.

According to the university, George was a sophomore and kinesiology major. Her family had not heard from her since November 22 evening. The police traced the victim’s phone to Halsted Street Parking Garage and found her body in the back seat of a family-owned car on November 23.

The FBI Evidence Response Team assisted the Chicago police in the investigation of the crime scene and forensics on the vehicle.

Investigation revealed that the accused, Donald Thurman stalked and catcalled the victim, Ruth George. However, the victim ignored him and rushed to her car parked in the Garage.

In the CCTV footage retrieved by the police from the university cameras, the offender was seen walking behind George on November 23 as she entered the Garage.

Police also reviewed video footage from the Chicago Transit Authority, the Chicago POD cameras. Based on the observations the offender was found previously travelling on the blue line.

Police arrested Thurman near the Blue line train station at Halsted and Harrison streets. Soon after the arrest, he confessed to his horrific crime.

Thurman previously had a criminal history and was sentenced to 6 years in prison for robbery. He was let off on parole last year.

University Chancellor Michael D Amiridis said in a statement “All of us are devastated by the loss of Ruth George, a member of our Honours College and a talented kinesiology student with dreams and aspirations to become a health professional and help others. Our thoughts, our hearts, and our condolences are with her family and friends during this trying period”.


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