Chicago police are searching for the suspect in the fatal stabbing of a University of Maryland graduate student over the weekend.
Anat Kimchi, 31, is being remembered as a brilliant student in the field of criminology. She was working on her doctorate in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland.
Kimchi was found around 4 p.m. Saturday during a visit to Chicago after someone fatally stabbed her on the loop in downtown Chicago.
Authorities said the man who stabbed Kimchi hid in the shrubs and Kimchi likely didn’t see him coming, WBAL-TV’s sister station in Chicago, WMAQ, reported.
Police said the man stabbed Kimchi in the back and ran away. Someone found her on the sidewalk, but she died at the hospital.
Kimchi was a prestigious flagship fellow at Maryland who lived in Montgomery County.
Gary Lafree, chairman of the university’s Criminology and Criminal Justice Department, told The Chicago Tribune, “She was one of our best students, just about to embark on a professional career.”
The university issued a statement, saying: “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.”
Police said they are reviewing security video and have strong leads on a man who was not yet in custody, WMAQ reported.
Late Monday afternoon, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot told The Chicago Sun-Times that police know who stabbed Kimchi and are scouring various homeless encampments downtown.
Kimchi’s family is mourning her and asked for privacy at this time.