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Alina Sheykhet: Ex-Boyfriend arrested in South Carolina in connection with University of Pittsburgh student’s murder

An ex-boyfriend of murdered University of Pittsburgh student, Alina Sheykhet, was reportedly arrested Wednesday in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Myrtle Beach Online reported that a concerned resident called police around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday to report a suspicious person tampering with the window of a home. Captain Joey Crosby said responding officers approached Matthew Darby, 21, and learned he was wanted in Pittsburgh in connection with Sheykhet’s murder.

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As CrimeOnline previously reported, the victim’s father found Sheykhet, 20, dead in her apartment on Sunday. Authorities said the student died from blunt force trauma.

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The Tribune-Review reported that the victim sustained a fractured skull, lost seven teeth, and broke her nose in the barbaric attack. The autopsy also mentioned that she was stabbed in the mouth.

Alina Sheykhet [Image: Facebook]
“We do not believe at this time that this was a random act of violence. There is no continued threat to Oakland residents and the university communities,” Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert said at the time.

Police said they recovered a claw hammer and two knives in a sewer drain near Sheykhet’s apartment that were possibly used in the murder, CBS News reported.

“We would not have solved this case so quickly without all of the information and cooperation from the community,” Pittsburgh Police Commander Joseph Vic said, according to the Tribune-Review.

CrimeOnline also reported that Sheykhet had filed a protection order against Darby after he was arrested for allegedly attempting to break into her home last month.

The 21-year-old had also pleaded not guilty earlier this year to raping another ex-girlfriend in a neighboring county, according to CBS News.

Captain Crosby said Darby will be extradited back to Pennsylvania, where he’ll face criminal homicide charges.

[Featured Image: Pittsburgh Police]