The woman, Eve M. Carson, was found dead in a street Wednesday, police spokesman Lt. Kevin Gunter told local media, adding the 22-year-old senior from Athens, Georgia, had been shot several times. Officials said there are no suspects.
Carson was last seen alive at about 1:30 a.m., several hours before her body was discovered.
Her roommates said she often went to the student government office to work in the middle of the night.
"At this point what I'm thinking, what it feels like, is a fairly random crime," said Police Chief Brian Curran.
Carson's car was found Thursday afternoon. Police said that the Toyota Highlander was parked in a residential neighborhood within Carson's home and not far from where her body was discovered.
Carson was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and planned to go to medical school. As student body president, she sat on the university board of trustees.
Chancellor James Moeser, who led students in a brief memorial Thursday afternoon, called her "a wonderful person and a great friend."
"We have lost someone whom we cherish and love," Moeser told a massive crowd on the school's Polk Place quad. "We're all in a state of shock."
Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Mart 2008, 17:40