PITTSBURGE: A 20-year-old University of Pittsburgh student died Sunday in what Pittsburgh police are calling a homicide.
The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office identified the woman as Alina Sheykhet.
Investigators went to a residence in 3500 block of Cable Place at 8:56 a.m. where they found the woman unresponsive on the second floor, city police said in a news release. Police said she died there from apparent “blunt force trauma,” but they did not elaborate.
Many of Ms. Sheykhet’s friends, shocked over her death, shared fond memories of her.
“I could go on and on about how much of a wonderful person she is,” said Mark Schlaegle, a former classmate at Montour High School and friend. “Alina was the most beautiful, open-minded, talented, careful person.”
Mr. Schlaegle said he and Ms. Sheykhet performed in musicals and dance together outside of school.
Friend Alex McCleary tweeted out that he was “heartbroken that this happened to such a beautiful, sweet, and innocent girl.”
Heartbroken that this happened to such a beautiful, sweet, and innocent girl. You are loved Alina. Praying for the Sheykhet family🙏🏼❤️👼🏼
— Alex McCleary (@amccleary12) October 8, 2017
still speechless 😭my best friend💕 you were taken too soon lina. you & your family are in my prayers i love you so much sweet angel👼🏼❤️ pic.twitter.com/wkh9kNXnmX
— Nicole (@n_ricchiuto) October 8, 2017
Cable Place is two-block street that connects Atwood and Semple streets. What appeared to be a two-story apartment building on Cable was blocked off by yellow crime scene tape late Sunday afternoon while a police officer walked around the perimeter.
Pitt spokesman Joe Miksch released a statement Sunday saying “our campus is saddened and extends its deepest sympathies to the student’s family and those who knew her.” Citing the police, he said “the situation, which occurred off campus, provides [no] further threat to the University community.”
Neighbor Nancy D’Andrea told Post-Gazette news partner KDKA-TV that nearby residents didn’t notice anything suspicious in the past few days on their street. She said two people who were standing in front of the home Sunday afternoon were clearly upset.
“I feel so bad because I saw a guy and a lady. They were crying so loud I thought maybe it was her boyfriend, but after I realized… I think it was the mother and the father,” Ms. D’Andrea said.
The city’s violent crime unit is investigating.