Ruth George, a 19-year-old student from the University of Illinois-Chicago, was murdered on November 23, and suspect Donald Thurman has confessed to the chilling act and was charged with first-degree murder and sexual assault.
Cook County Asst. State’s Attorney James Murphy stated: “The defendant was angry that he was being ignored. The defendant came up behind the victim, grabbed her around the neck from behind, and put her into a chokehold. With his arms still wrapped around the victim’s neck, the defendant dragged the victim from the ground, and he opened her back seat car door.”
After the UIC student was found dead on campus grounds last month, police quickly arrested one person of interest, who is believed to be responsible for the unfortunate death.
The body of Ruth George was found in a vehicle that was parked in the vicinity of her university, and the circumstances surrounding the case were unclear at first.
According to UIC Police Chief Kevin Booker, the cause of death was not a random accident, but most likely a murder from strangulation.
George was first reported missing by her family when they contacted the campus police on November 23 shortly before noon, saying they had not been able to get in touch with her since the previous night.
Police officials quickly initiated a search and found the body of the student in the back seat of an automobile that is the property of the family. The vehicle was parked in a garage on Halsted Streed, on the university campus.
Police investigators estimated that George entered the garage shortly before 1:35 a.m. on Saturday, and the main suspect was spotted making his way to the building not long after the student.
Following the unfortunate death of George, Chancellor Michael D. Amiridis made an official statement to the students of the University of Illinois, in which he said that what happened was a tragedy and asked both the young people and the faculty members to “lean on each other for support.”
Amiridis also offered sincere condolences to the family of the late student and asked people to stay safe.
George’s death has sparked a lot of reactions and raised questions about violence against women in the country.
One commenter stated: “Men are out here afraid to be called trash while women are out here afraid to reject or ignore otherwise they’ll be killed… how to do men complain….”
George was raped and murdered for ignoring the catcalls of a criminal who was on parole for armed robbery after spending two years in prison of a six-year sentence.