An Israeli-born doctoral student at the University of Maryland was stabbed to death over the weekend while visiting Chicago.
Anat Kimchi, 31, was stabbed Saturday while walking in the city’s Loop neighborhood. She was pronounced dead later at a local hospital. As of Wednesday, police had yet to announce the arrests of any suspects.
Police have said they believe the killer is homeless, noting the scene of the stabbing is near a homeless encampment.
“We suspect this likely is a homeless person that secreted himself in bushes, came out and committed this heinous crime,” Police Superintendent David Brown was quoted as saying by the local Fox affiliate.
Kimchi was in Chicago to visit friends, the Chicago Sun Times reported, citing her family.
Kimchi, who was studying criminology and criminal justice, was born in Israel and moved with her family to the United States some two decades ago, according to the Ynet news site.
The family of Anat Kimchi shared this pic with me. The doctoral candidate at @UofMaryland was stabbed and killed in Chicago over the weekend. In a statement, the family said, “The Kimchi family is mourning the loss of Anat and asks for privacy during this difficult time.” @wusa9 pic.twitter.com/VVP6Ju8goT
— Matthew Torres (@News_MTorres) June 21, 2021
“The University of Maryland grieves the loss of Anat Kimchi, a brilliant young scholar. We offer our condolences to her friends and family during this difficult time,” the school said in a statement.