The University of Miami student found dead in his off-campus apartment last weekend was stabbed several times, according to law enforcement sources.
Yasser Talal Ibrahim Abualfaraj, 23, was found late Sunday afternoon by his roommate inside the second-floor apartment they shared at the Coral Gables condominium Santoma, not far from the school’s Coral Gables campus.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Miami-Dade investigators had provided few details about Abualfaraj’s death other than saying his body had suffered “multiple signs of trauma.” Photos from the scene showed a blood trail that began outside the apartment door.
On Tuesday, police also released a sketch of a man who they said is believed to be involved in a “suspicious” incident at the Santoma Condominium where Abualfaraj lived. The sketch is of a slim man with long blonde hair wearing a dark cap. The release said the man was observed at the condo at 6580 Santona Street early Sunday morning before Abualfaraj’s body was found.
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“At this time, he is wanted for questioning only,” Miami-Dade police said. A Crime Stoppers reward of $3,000 was being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed Abualfaraj.
Abualfaraj, 23, was a Saudi Arabian national studying architecture at the private Coral Gables university. His friend Josh Kaufman told WPLG Channel 10 that Abualfaraj was a straight-A student and one of the nicest people he’d ever met.
“He’s the last person on this earth that deserves it,” Kaufman said.
Though the murder happened in Coral Gables, Miami-Dade police are leading the investigation.