Sketch released of man wanted for questioning in UM student's killing

Vigil to be held for victim Tuesday night

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – A sketch was released Tuesday of a man wanted for questioning in connection to the killing of a 23-year-old University of Miami student who was found dead Sunday morning by his roommate.

Miami-Dade police said the person in the sketch was seen in the early morning hours at the apartment complex at 6580 Santona St. in Coral Gables.

Police are not calling the man a suspect at this time, but said detectives want to speak to him. 

"He was the nicest kid I've honestly ever met. (He) didn't do anything wrong, held his values, straight-A student," Yasser Abualfaraj's friend, Josh Kaufman, said.

Abualfaraj was a third-year architecture student at UM and, by all accounts, he was a great student and a good friend.

According to police, his roommate found him dead inside their apartment Sunday afternoon. His body showed multiple signs of trauma, police said.

Detectives were back at the complex Tuesday, dusting for fingerprints at another unit one floor up from the victim's home. Authorities still have very little information about why Abualfaraj was killed and who killed him.

On social media, people from all around the world reacted to the news, many sending prayers and well wishes to his family in Arabic. His friends in Miami are still reeling from his death.

"He was going to be a great architect," Kaufman said. "He had a great future ahead of him, and it's sad he came to America to be a student and learn his trade and be successful."

"He's the last person on this earth that deserves it," Kaufman added. 

A vigil is being held at 7 p.m. Tuesday for Abualfaraj near the architecture school on campus. 

Anyone with further information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.


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