A Pittsburgh family found their 20-year-old daughter dead in her home on Sunday in what investigators have ruled a homicide, People reported.
Her family arrived to take daughter Alina Sheykhet, a student at the University of Pittsburgh, to a family walk for charity, according to People. Sheykhet was studying to become a physical therapist.
“It was her dream,” said her father, Yan Sheykhet, to TribLive. “And she worked so hard. She was the best person in the world.”
“I lost my beautiful princess,” he continued. “I don’t know what else to say.”
Yan was the first to see Alina dead at her apartment after he forced the door open. He saw her bleeding and covered in bruises, he told TribLive.
“I was screaming, asking her to breathe,” Yan said. “But she didn’t. There was lots of blood.”
The Sheykhet family had planned to take her to a breast cancer awareness walk that day, as well as go out to celebrate her brother Artem’s birthday.
Sheyket’s ex-boyfriend, Matthew Darby, 21, is being sought for the investigation, though he has not been charged or officially named a suspect. Sheykhet had a restraining order against Darby, and he was arrested last month for allegedly breaking into her apartment, according to the Associated Press.
“He did this because I left him and stopped answering his phone calls,” Alina wrote in the filing at the time.
“We don’t believe this is a random act of violence,” Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert tweeted on Monday. “There is no cont’d threat to Oakland residents & the university communities.”
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