An American has been charged in the rape and murder of a University of Illinois alum taking a celebratory trip to Germany after her graduation.
People reports that the 30-year-old American who has not been named faces charges of murder and attempted sexual assault in the death of 21-year-old Eva Liu this past June and the attempted murder of her 22-year-old friend, Kelsey Chang.
Video of the man’s arrest circulated on social media back in June.
He is accused of luring the two women he met on a hiking trail to a remote area and then pushing them down a 165-foot ravine near Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria.
The castle is the inspiration for Disney’s Cinderella’s Castle.
Liu grew up in the suburb of Naperville outside Chicago and was set to be a software engineer for Microsoft, according to ABC7.
“Eva Liu represented the best of our community. She was a vibrant, intelligent, kind young woman with a bright future,” said Naperville Mayor Scott Wehrli shortly after her death.
The suspect is said to have not known his victims.
Friend Elizabeth Tang described Liu as a “giant heart” and “beautiful soul” at her funeral, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.
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