A man recently strangled a Chicago-area college student because she ignored his catcalls and unwanted advances, prosecutors say. The victim’s family is responding with almost unimaginable grace toward the killer.
“The defendant thought she was pretty and tried talking to her, but the victim ignored him.”
Prosecutors recount what they say is part of 26-year-old Daniel Thurman’s confession. Thurman is charged with the on-campus murder and sexual assault of UIC student Ruth George. pic.twitter.com/10RyruyBVM
— Michelle Gallardo (@GallardoABC7) November 26, 2019
Ruth George, 19, was found dead in her car at a campus parking garage at the University of Illinois at Chicago last Saturday. Donald Thurman, 26, was arrested the next day for committing the murder. He is a parolee who had been released from prison last December. . .
He then allegedly followed George to her car and catcalled her. After being ignored once again, Thurman put George in choke hold. Once she was unconscious, he dragged her into the backseat of her car, sexually assaulted her, and killed her. . .
George’s family said in a statement that they “hold no hatred” toward Thurman.
“Ruth lived out her deep faith in Jesus by loving and serving others, leaving a legacy of Christ-centered kindness and sacrifice,” the family said. “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.” (Read more from “Man Strangled College Student to Death Because She Ignored His Catcalls. Amazingly, Her Christian Family Says They ‘Hold No Hatred’ Toward the Killer” HERE)