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Israeli-born doctoral student in US fatally stabbed while visiting Chicago

Anat Kimchi, who was studying at the University of Maryland, killed while walking in city’s Loop neighborhood; no arrests made yet

Illustrative: Police tape marks off a Chicago street as officers investigate the scene of a fatal shooting in the city's South Side on June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
Illustrative: Police tape marks off a Chicago street as officers investigate the scene of a fatal shooting in the city's South Side on June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

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 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.

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