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Man charged with murder of Chicago college student found strangled

Man charged with murder of Chicago college student found strangled
Man charged with murder of Chicago college student found strangled
Posted at 12:47 PM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 12:47:47-05

CHICAGO, Ill. – A man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Donald D. Thurman, 26, was taken into custody on Sunday. Along with first-degree murder, he’s being charged with aggravated sexual assault.

The victim, 19-year-old honor student Ruth George, was reported missing by her family Saturday. Police say she was later found dead in the backseat of her family’s vehicle at a campus parking garage.

George’s cause of death was found to be strangulation, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

George was a sophomore, studying kinesiology at UIC, and was a graduate of Naperville Central High School, WLS reports.

Police tell WLS that surveillance video shows Thurman following George into the garage at about 1:35 a.m. Saturday and then leaving a half hour later.

Authorities say Thurman has already confessed to the crime. According to WMAQ, Thurman has a criminal history and is on parole after being convicted of armed robbery.

Thurman is expected to go before a judge on Tuesday.