A 20-year-old college student in Pittsburgh was found dead in her home over the weekend in a case that has prompted police to open a homicide investigation, with a police spokesman claiming that she died from blunt force trauma.
Alina Sheykhet, who studied physical therapy at the University of Pittsburgh, was found unresponsive on the second floor of her home just before 9:00 am on Sunday, KDKA-TV reported. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to brother Artem Sheykhet – who learned of his sister’s death on his 25th birthday – his parents went to go pick Alina up at her home and her roommates said she was still asleep, WPXI reported. When she did not answer, her father kicked down the door and found her on the floor.
“I feel so bad because I saw a guy and a lady,” neighbor Nancy D’Andrea said. “They were crying so loud and I thought maybe it was her boyfriend, but after I realized… I think it was the mother and the father.”
Pittsburgh police said that while they are following leads, it is too early to name a suspect.
“We do not believe at this time that this was a random act of violence,” said Chief of Police Scott Schubert in a statement. “There is no continued threat to Oakland residents and the university communities. However, releasing additional details at this time could be detrimental to the investigation.”
“As with each homicide investigation, our primary interest is collecting sufficient evidence that can be successfully used in a court of law,” he continued. “I encourage anyone with information that could be helpful to call police headquarters and speak to a Violent Crime Unit Detective.”
The University of Pittsburgh said in a statement that the campus was “saddened and extends it deepest sympathies to the student’s family and those who knew her.”