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In a nerve-wracking incident, a 19-year-old Indian-American student of the University of Illinois in Chicago, Ruth George, was sexually assaulted and then murdered by the attacker by strangulation, reports PTI.

Ruth George originally belonging to Hyderabad was a sophomore and kinesiology major at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Her body was discovered in a garage on campus premises on Saturday (23 November).

George had been missing from Friday, and it was only after that her family had reported to the University Police.

Police traced her phone which was “pinged” to the Halsted Street Parking Garage. She was later found unresponsive in the back seat of a vehicle owned by her family.

Police requested the assistance from the FBI Evidence Response Team to assist in the processing of the crime scene and to complete forensics on the vehicle.

Medical Examination ruled George’s death a homicide by strangulation.

According to the university, police retrieved video footage from existing university cameras of the offender who was seen walking behind George on Saturday.

Police then reviewed video footage from the Chicago Transit Authority, the Chicago POD cameras, and its internal system to determine travel patterns for the offender.

The attacker was identified as one 26-year-old Donald Thurman and has been arrested by police on Sunday. He is not associated with the University. Already possessing a criminal record, he has confessed that he carried out the crime.

The horrific murder has left the University of Illinois in a state of mourning, with the Chancellor Michael D Amiridis releasing a statement on the same.

“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,” he said.

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