Ruth George, a 19-year-old student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was murdered by 26-year-old Donald Thurman, according to reports. Thurman allegedly followed George to her vehicle in the parking garage after she ignored his catcalls.
Thurman reportedly became enraged and then choked George to death and raped her in her vehicle. He has been charged with first-degree murder and criminal sexual assault.
“The defendant was angry that he was being ignored. The defendant came up behind the victim, grabbed her around the neck from behind, and put her into a chokehold,” said Cook County Asst. State’s Attorney James Murphy, according to ABC 7 Chicago. “With his arms still wrapped around the victim’s neck the defendant dragged the victim from the ground and he opened her back seat car door.”
A GoFundMe page has been started to raise money for George’s family.
“Ruth lived out her deep faith in Jesus by loving and serving others, leaving a legacy of Christ-centered kindness and sacrifice. She was the beloved baby of our family. We grieve with hope,” a statement from the family reads. “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.”
At the time of this writing, more than 770 donors have contributed over $18,400.
She was RAPED, everyone needs to stop sugar coating it and show the reality.
He raped and murdered her because she didn’t give his catcalling the time of day… women shouldn’t have to be careful, men need to take accountability &get help for their fragile fucking egos. https://t.co/0vdvlRBZwU
— Ela♊️ (@eguzeldere) November 27, 2019
George was a member of the Delta Epsilon Mu sorority on campus and a sophomore kinesiology major. George, who was an honors student, was leaving the sorority when she crossed paths with Thurman.
Our deepest condolences go out to George’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.