A former inmate faces charges for the murder of a 19-year-old college student in Chicago. Honor student Ruth George was strangled in her car in the parking lot at the University of Illinois. Donald Thurman, 26, faces charges of first-degree murder and sexual assault in the death of George, who police say was found dead in the back seat of his car on Saturday.
The young woman's family had reported her missing and police found her in the university parking lot after tracking her cell phone. Prosecutors allege that Thurman attacked George after she ignored his compliments and whistles. The Chicago Tribune newspaper reports that prosecutors argued in court that Thurman was enraged to see the young woman ignore him and follow her to his car, where he grabbed her by the neck and threw her to the ground, where George was hit hard. head with pavement. Thurman then allegedly threw her in the back seat of the car, where he sexually abused her while she was unconscious.
Thurman has no affiliation with the university. The young woman was studying medicine and came out late to study, another student told local media. "Our hope is that no other woman will be harmed in this way and that no other mother will have to experience this type of pain," George's family said in a statement according to CBS Chicago. "Ruth demonstrated her deep faith in Jesus by being loving and helpful to others and leaves a legacy of Christ-centered nobility."
According to authorities, Thurman has a criminal record. In December, he was released from prison, where he had spent two years for armed robbery. The man had been sentenced to six years in prison but was released before the end of his sentence and was on probation when the student was killed. Thurman will have to go to court on December 16.