Supplied Editorial Ally Kostial
Supplied Editorial Ally Kostial

Classmate arrested in grisly shooting murder

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection to the death of a University of Mississippi student whose bullet-riddled body was discovered during a routine police patrol, according to reports.

According to the New York Post, Brandon Theesfeld was booked on Monday afternoon at Lafayette County Detention Center, Mississippi, in connection with the death of 21-year-old Alexandria "Ally" Kostial, news station WLBT reported.

 

Ally Kostial was shot at least eight times. Picture: Facebook
Ally Kostial was shot at least eight times. Picture: Facebook

 

Theesfeld was arrested on suspicion of murder, the Oxford Eagle reported.

No date has been scheduled for him to be arraigned.

 

Brandon Theesfeld, 22, (left) is a fellow student of Ally Kostial’s. Picture: Facebook
Brandon Theesfeld, 22, (left) is a fellow student of Ally Kostial’s. Picture: Facebook

 

He is also a student enrolled at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, school officials said.

Kostial, who was from St. Louis, Missouri, was discovered shot eight times on Saturday morning near Sardis Lake, around 30 kilometres from campus, according to WLBT.

Few details have been released in her death, but authorities said that ""it is apparent that foul play was involved."

 

Brandon Theesfeld (left) has been arrested in connection with the shooting of Ally Kostial. Picture: Facebook
Brandon Theesfeld (left) has been arrested in connection with the shooting of Ally Kostial. Picture: Facebook

 

Surveillance footage reportedly showed Kostial on Friday night stopping at the door of an Oxford Square bar, though she didn't go inside.

Her roommates said she returned home around midnight but left their house again at some point.

It's unclear how the student ended up in a remote area with a fishing camp where she was found dead.

 

Ally Kostial and her father Keith. He says his daughter was expected to graduate next year. Picture: Facebook
Ally Kostial and her father Keith. He says his daughter was expected to graduate next year. Picture: Facebook

 

Her father, Keith Kostial, said that his daughter was taking summer courses and teaching fitness classes at the time of her death.

"We were visited by the police who communicated to us that our beautiful dear Alexandria (Ally) Kostial was the victim of a homicide," her father wrote Sunday in a Facebook post.

The sorority sister was working towards a degree in marketing and was expected to graduate next year.

 

This story first appeared in the New York Post and is republished with permission.


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