Friends and family pay tribute to Alina Sheykhet

Here are their thoughts

Yesterday we reported the murder of Alina Sheykhet, a 20-year-old junior at Pitt. She was found unresponsive early in the morning and pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after 9 am.

Her tragic death sparked many responses on social media.

"Alina was my very best friend" said Zach Brandner, Sheykhet's roomate. "I’ve known her since freshman year of college and she always saw the best in everyone. She never judged you for being you and she was just the sweetest person ever.

"Every day I woke up I was thrilled because I got to live life with my best friend. Alina was full of energy and full of life. She was so excited to be a mom one day. She talked about it all the time. That’s one thing she really wanted in life. She would have made the best mom in the world. Alina was a beautiful person and I am incredibly grateful and lucky to have had her in my life."

Elizabeth Sheeley told The Tab, "Alina was one of the most beautiful girls I ever got to know inside and out. She was an absolute kid at heart who put others before herself every chance she had.

"She was the funniest person to do just about anything with, she seriously made everything fun and everyone smile around her. She was a kind and generous friend, daughter, sister, aunt, and stranger to those who didn't get a chance to meet her. She deserved so much better than this and deserved a full life and it's so sad to see someone rip that away from her. She's going to be very missed.

"I don't even know what else to say, nothing I say can really even begin to explain how amazing of a person she was and just how devastated all her friends and family are. There are just no words."

Sheeley also posted on Instagram.

Others tweeted tributes to Sheykhet.

Brody Carlin wrote, "My heart is heavy today. The world is an unforgiving and evil place."

Sheykhet also enjoyed the stage. The location where she performed posted a tribute to her on Facebook.

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of one of our beloved family members. Alina Sheykhet was not only …

Posted by Karen Prunzik's Broadway Dance Studio & Performing Arts on Monday, October 9, 2017

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