The concerned father of a University of Pittsburgh student broke into his daughter's room at an off-campus home when she didn't come to the door and found her dead, the student's brother said. Alina Sheykhet, 20, was the victim of blunt force trauma, and the case was ruled a homicide, police said. Artem Sheykhet, Alina Sheykhet's brother, told television station WPXI he learned of his sister's death upon waking up Sunday, his 25th birthday, the AP reports. He said when his parents went to pick up his sister, her housemates said she was still sleeping. When she didn't answer, he said, his father kicked in her door and found her on the floor.
Alina Sheykhet was working toward becoming a physical therapist, her brother said. Her Facebook page indicates she attended high school in a Pittsburgh suburb after moving from Ivanovo, Russia. Police said the young woman's parents contacted them around 9am Sunday. Neighbors reported a party at the house Saturday night attended by about 30 people, but police have not said whether that figures in their investigation. "We do not believe at this time that this was a random act of violence," Police Chief Scott Schubert said in a statement. The university issued a statement expressing sadness and extending "its deepest sympathies to the student's family and those who knew her." Counselors were available Monday for students who needed them.