A memorial honoring Ruth George, 19, who was a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, sits outside the campus. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/AP) Ruth George, a physical therapy student, wanted to help other people heal, her family said in the wake of her death.
The 19-year old student at the University of Illinois at Chicago was at a professional fraternity event Saturday night and returned with a friend, who parted ways. George walked alone to her white Kia in a parking garage, authorities said.
She caught the attention of a stranger, Donald Thurman, who tried talking to her after she walked by, said James Murphy, the assistant state’s attorney for Cook County.
“The defendant was angry that he was being ignored,” Murphy said in a statement Tuesday.
George’s next moments, according to police, illustrate the nightmarish, harrowing reality that women can face on any given day, particularly when encountering a man, alone, on a darkened street.
Thurman, 26, pursued George and closed in while he “catcalled” her throughout the garage, Murphy said. She arrived at her car, but Thurman choked her from behind and dragged her into the car, where he sexually assaulted her before fleeing in a distinctive white jacket, Murphy said, citing images on captured on surveillance videos.
At home, George’s sisters grew concerned when she was late, prosecutors said, and they contacted police.Her cellphone location pinged to the garage. Along with police, George’s friends and family discovered her in the car, cold and unresponsive with her clothes half-off. Drag marks from […]
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