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Indian American cancer researcher murdered on morning run

Go Fund Me photo of a memorial of jogging shoes paying tribute to Sarmistha Sen

A mother of two will be buried today after being killed last Saturday while jogging around Chisholm Trail in Plano, Texas.

43-year-old Sarmistha Sen went out for a morning jog as usual. American Bazaar reported, less than two hours later, a witness discovered Sen’s body about 20 to 25 feet below a nearby creek. The Plano Police Department soon released a statement saying “a person of interest related to this homicide is currently in custody.”

FOX4 later announced the suspect, Bakari Moncrief, was already arrested for a nearby burglary. Police say a Ring Doorbell recorded the moment this 29-year old broke into the house saying “I’m not a f***ing coward,” at least twice.

An affidavit obtained by FOX4 explained that the burglary happened near the scene where police found the body of Sen. Investigators remained at the scene of the homicide while police arrested Moncrief at a nearby gas station after noticing he matched the description of the burglary suspect.

The affidavit recalled Moncrief “using the outside electrical outlet to charge his cellular telephone,” and telling the police “I ain’t a coward,” while being detained. The voice was similar to what had been recorded on the Ring video.

As of now, Moncrief has been charged with burglary and is only a person of interest in the murder of Sarmistha Sen.

According to The Daily Addaa, Plano police spokesperson David Tilley said, “We have our suspicions, but we have to have proof. And that’s what they [police] are looking for right now is to obtain proof as to whether or not this individual is or is not responsible for her death.”

Sen was a pharmacist and researcher who closely worked with cancer patients.The Hindustan Times said the mother of two originally came from Sindri in Jharkhand and moved to Plano after marrying her husband, Arindam Roy. The couple had two kids; Neil who is 12 and Ryan who is 6 years old, according to American Bazaar.

To pay tributes to her death, Sen’s family set up a CaringBridge website and a GoFundMe page. The fund will be “used for charities that are devoted to issues that Sarmistha deeply cared about such as Cancer Awareness, Cancer research, healthy living and protection of environment.”

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