UM student found dead inside Coral Gables apartment

Miami-Dade police homicide detectives investigating death of Yasser Abualfaraj

By Ian Margol - Reporter, Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Miami-Dade homicide detectives are investigating after a University of Miami student was found dead Sunday inside his apartment.

Police said Yasser Talal Ibrahim Abualfaraj, 23, was found dead by his roommate just before 3:45 p.m. inside their second-floor apartment in the 6500 block of Santona Street.

Police did not say how Abualfaraj died, but said his body showed "multiple signs of trauma."

According to his Facebook page, the student was studying architecture at UM.

"He's the last person on this earth that deserves it," the victim's friend, Josh Kaufman, said. "He was the nicest kid I've honestly ever met. (He) didn't do anything wrong, held his values, straight-A student."

Neighbors at the apartment complex told Local 10 News reporter Ian Margol that police immediately swarmed the area after Abualfaraj's body was found.

"They blocked off this whole entire parking lot and there was like a bunch of police officers and the CSI people came in," Katie Oswald said. 

Kaufman said Abualfaraj never missed class, so he knew something was wrong Monday when he didn't see Abualfaraj's motorcycle out front.

"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 study and learn his trade and be successful, and it sucks that it happened."

As night fell Monday, Miami-Dade detectives went door-to-door with fliers in the condo complex where Abdualfaraj was found dead. 

At one point, two detectives were seen speaking with one man outside the unit. Later in the night, a crime scene technician appeared to be dusting for fingerprints and taking photos of a door to a unit on the third floor. 

Anyone with further information about Abualfaraj's death is asked to call Detective B. Jurado at 305-471-2400 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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