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Prosecutors: Chicago student killed after ignoring man's catcalls

Students at the University of Illinois-Chicago are mourning the death of a fellow classmate after she was found dead in a parking garage.
A makeshift memorial outside a Chicago parking garage where University of Illinois-Chicago student Ruth George was raped and murdered. (NBC Chicago)

CHICAGO (WTHR) — Students at the University of Illinois-Chicago are mourning the death of a fellow classmate after she was found dead in a parking garage.

Police found 19-year-old Ruth George dead in a car Saturday, NBC Chicago reports. Her family had previously reported her missing.

Now, 26-year-old Donald Thurman, is accused of strangling her to death because she ignored his catcalls.

Donald Thurman, 26, is accused of raping and murdering a 19-year-old college student in Chicago. (NBC Chicago)

Prosecutors say George was returning home after a semi-formal for her professional fraternity when she crossed paths with Thurman. Thurman thought she was attractive and tried talking to her, but she ignored him. Prosecutors say he followed her into the parking garage where her car was — upset she wasn't giving him attention — and grabbed her by the neck and put her in a choke hold.

Then he allegedly dragged her to the back seat of her car and raped her, leaving a condom on the floorboard. George's sister and police found her in the car the next day.

Security cameras caught Thurman running away from the scene and he left a hand print on George's car. Police later arrested him, and he admitted to choking and sexually assaulting George.

Thurman has been previously convicted of armed robbery. He was sentenced to six years in prison, but was released in December 2018 after service two years. he was on parole at the time of George's attack.

A makeshift memorial now appears outside the parking garage, filled with candles balloons and photos with friends.