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Man Killed UIC Student Because She Ignored Him

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Shala Yisrael
Shala Yisrael
27 Nov 2019

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The man charged in the murder of UIC student Ruth George at a campus parking garage was denied bail Tuesday. Donald Thurman, 26, is charged with first-degree murder and sexual assault. Police said he has confessed to the crime and has a criminal history.

Judge Charles Beach II ordered Thurman held without bail, after Cook County prosecutors said he admitted to the attack. He has no connection to UIC and did not know George, police said.

The 19-year-old sophomore was found strangled in the backseat of her family's car at a UIC parking garage near Halsted and Taylor streets.

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

Thurman allegedly confessed after being arrested Sunday morning at the nearby Harrison and Halsted Blue Line stop. Investigators said they had staked out that station after tracking his travel patterns with the help of nearby cameras.

"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 choke hold," said Cook County Asst. State's Attorney James Murphy. "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."

Prosecutors said Thurman sexually assaulted the already unconscious George. A palm print and DNA evidence left behind linked him to the crime, which has rocked campus and devastated her family.

Yellow ribbons were hung around campus in memory of George, who was nicknamed "Baby Color." Monday night, dozens of people gathered at the place where George was killed, remembering the honors student who dreamed of becoming a health professional.

"It's very shocking because I don't really hear things that often happening at this campus, but like I said, this is Chicago," said UIC student Myles Turner.

"I feel bad for the parents of Ruth George and I couldn't imagine what they go through with this tragedy," said Paul Santana, the parent of a UIC student.

George was a sophomore, an honors student and a kinesiology major. She graduated from Naperville Central High School.

The George family has asked for privacy. Ruth's mother issued a statement saying, "Ruth lived out her deep faith in Jesus by loving and serving others, leaving a legacy of Christ-centered kindness and sacrifice. She was the beloved baby of our family. We grieve with hope. We hold no hatred towards the perpetrator, but our hope is no other girl would be harmed in this way and for a mother to never experience this type of heartache."

Meanwhile, a memorial for Ruth George continues to grow as mourners pause to remember her.

"It's sad, it's tragic. To see something like this at a campus like this, it's just sad to see," said UIC student Daniel Annor. "I just hope that he gets what he deserves. I hope justice is served."

One father brought flowers to the memorial, thinking of the horrible crime.

"My heart is just broken," said Dwayne Jackson. "I have three daughters of my own and they all went to college and they all went away and to have this type of thing happen just touched me."

Funeral arrangements for George will remain private, as her family continues to grieve the young woman's loss.

Thurman is on parole for armed robbery, serving two years of a six-year sentence.

According to CPD records, Thurman was convicted at a bench trial of being involved in an "aggravated vehicular hijacking." He was charged with taking a female victim's cell phone while a male victim was being held a gunpoint. After taking the phone, he got into the male victim's 2011 Black Ford Escape and was picked up by police after "fleeing on foot."

https://abc7chicago.com/man-ch....arged-in-uic-student

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Magenta
Magenta 2 months ago

They should pluck his eyes out as punishment. Incarceration means nothing to people like him.

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lazmor
lazmor 2 months ago

nope. they'll feed this mf off me and your dime , and give him free healthcare the rest of his useless miserable life

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lazmor
lazmor 2 months ago

they let this mf out because they figured he'd go right back where he came from and reek havoc on the negroes, because you know. we aint gonna snitch when he hurts somebody , and thats one more black person gone. But he fooled them , and wandered into this place. But can you tell the difference in chgo. They caught this bastard within 48 hrs with cameras and FBI But they can't catch a mf within 6 blocks of there mugging people on the train or shooting 5 people to death. you know why ? because they know the negroes aint gonna cooperate and don't care anyway, and we don't value our lives. but this fool killed an indian girl whose mom and sister are doctors, and they went and found his black ass in a hurry. And i'll bet one more thing. They did whatever it took to bring this bastard in regardless of whose ass had to be kicked, and not a mfkn word is being said by the negroes, because they know don't nobody give a fuck what they think, as long as they stay their asses in "da hood" and fuck over each other ,nobody gives a fuck

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Shala Yisrael
Shala Yisrael 2 months ago

Bingo! That's what made me angry as all get out that they let this bastard out in the first place. But when they have violated their own people, they let them out to use them to destroy more.

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lazmor
lazmor 2 months ago

@Shala Yisrael: where is the first place criminals go when released.

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Niyas713
Niyas713 2 months ago

demon

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