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November 17, 2017

​'I lost my beautiful princess': Student found dead by parents, ex-boyfriend charged


​’I lost my beautiful princess’: Student found dead by parents, ex-boyfriend charged

PITTSBURGH —Criminal homicide charges have officially been filed against the ex-boyfriend of a Pitt student found dead at her off-campus…


Criminal homicide charges have officially been filed against the ex-boyfriend of a Pitt student found dead at her off-campus home Sunday morning.

Alina Sheykhet was found on the second floor of the house on Cable Place in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. The medical examiner said she died from sharp/blunt force trauma to the head.

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Sheykhet’s parents arrived at her residence to pick her up Sunday, but could not reach her by phone. When they were let in by her roommate and entered the bedroom, they discovered her dead.

“I was screaming, asking her to breathe,” her father, Yan Sheykhet, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “But she didn’t. There was lots of blood.”

He described his daughter as an aspiring physical therapist with a love for dancing and singing.

“I lost my beautiful princess,” he said, crying. “I don’t know what else to say.”

Alina Sheykhet was last seen alive at approximately 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the common area of the apartment and was seen entering her room alone.

Detectives responding to the scene that morning immediately learned Sheykhet filed a protection from abuse order after Darby broke into her apartment on Sept. 20, police have confirmed. Darby was arrested Sept. 26 on criminal trespass charges. He was released on bond the same day, with the condition he would not have contact with Sheykhet.

Call records from Sheykhet’s cellphone, which could not be located at the apartment when she was found, show that she received five calls that went unanswered from a phone number later found to be Darby’s between 4:15 a.m. and 4:55 a.m. Sunday.

Sheykhet’s cellphone was last located near Irwin where I-76 intersects Route 30.

Darby was seen on Duquesne University’s campus around 3:19 a.m. Sunday. He was attempting to meet with a friend, but when the friend was not available he was taken to the lobby of the Duquesne University Union and was by police seen charging his phone.

He was picked up by a vehicle belonging to a commercial car service at 4:21 a.m.

The driver told police he drove Darby to Simple Street and Ward Street in Oakland, near Cable Place. Darby got out of the car and asked the driver to wait 10 minutes. Ten minutes later, he asked the driver to wait 10 additional minutes. Approximately five minutes after that, the driver received a call on his phone asking to wait another 10 minutes, but said he could not wait longer and left the area.

Video surveillance from a nearby business which shows Urey Way, approximately one block from Sheykhet’s apartment, showed a Darby walking toward Simple Street, dropping a shiny object into a sewer grate, placing an object in a dumpster, then walking toward Bates Street.

Based on the above, police requested a warrant for Darby’s arrest. He is charged with criminal homicide, burglary, flight to avoid apprehension, theft by unlawful taking and possessing instruments of crime.

Matthew Darby’s parents urged him to turn himself in after his attorney, David Shrager, said Tuesday his condition or whereabouts are not known.

“Matthew, son, we have always handled things as a family. Together we can get through anything,” Shrager said, reading a statement that he said was written by Darby’s parents. “God is still God, and we stand on his word. We are pleading with you to contact your attorney.”

Matthew Darby was taken into custody Wednesday morning in Myrtle Beach.

In an unrelated case, Darby was charged in March with rape and sexual assault in Indiana, Pa. Court records show he posted $10,000 bail.


Source: 4029 Northwest Arkansas News ​’I lost my beautiful princess’: Student found dead by parents, ex-boyfriend charged

​’I lost my beautiful princess’: Student found dead by parents, ex-boyfriend charged

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