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Texas Scientist 'Brutally Killed by a Stranger'

Cancer researcher murdered during morning run
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2020 3:34 AM CDT

(Newser) – Sarmistha Sen, a 43-year-old scientist and mother of two in Texas, never came home from her morning run on Saturday. Police say Sen's body was found near a creek and a "person of interest" in the Plano murder is in custody over a burglary that happened nearby, CNN reports. Husband Arindam Roy says his wife, who worked on cancer research for most of her career, specializing in clinical trials, was "brutally killed by a stranger for no apparent reason." Sen, whose children are 6 and 12 years old, was an avid runner who jogged on Plano's Chisholm Trail every morning, relatives say.

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At the site where she was killed, residents placed more than 1,000 pairs of shoes at a memorial, WFAA reports. They were collected Tuesday night by Trusted World, a nonprofit that provides clothing and other items to people in need of assistance. "I did not know her specifically but my heart breaks for the family. The least I could do is bring a pair of shoes as a sign of love," resident Mark Wiggins tells CBS. A fundraiser has been organized on CaringBridge and GoFundMe in aid of charities Sen supported, including cancer research and environmental groups. (Read more Texas stories.)

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