Robert Wayne Gore, 28, has been identified as the homeless man who was arrested on Wednesday, October 24 after police claim he killed 23-year-old University of Miami student Yasser Talal Ibrahim Abualfaraj in Coral Gables, Florida, earlier this month.
According to Alvaro Zabaleta, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Police Department, Gore, 28, allegedly stabbed 23-year-old Yasser Talal Ibrahim Abualfaraj to death on October 7. The Miami-Dade Police Department arrested Gore on October 7 in the area of SW 200 Street and South Dixie Highway.
Police believe that Gore entered Abualfaraj’s apartment and grabbed several sharp weapons and stabbed Abualfaraj over 60 times while he was sleeping.
Gore — who has a long list of prior convictions, including burglary and drug possession — has been charged with first-degree murder and armed burglary. He reportedly confessed to the incident to investigators.
According to the Miami Herald, police sources said DNA found inside Abualaraj’s apartment matched that of Gore, who randomly broke into the apartment in “an effort to find money or drugs.”
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Abualfaraj’s roommate found him dead at the apartment they shared at the 6500 block of Santona Street, across from the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. Detectives released the sketch of a suspect on Oct. 9, saying witnesses saw the man at the apartment complex where Abualfaraj was found dead.
One of Abualfaraj’s brothers sent Local 10 a text after finding out about the arrest. They said the family is relieved and believe Abualfaraj is in heaven right now, that’s what gives them comfort.
“Proud of the work and effort of all involved. Great detective work and preservation of scene by CGPD. Collaboration pays off. Unfortunate loss of life of a person with a bright future. The subject will now face justice system,” Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said on Twitter late Wednesday.
At this time, the arrest report does not detail what led investigators to Gore or mention a motive for the crime.
Yasser Talal Ibrahim Abualfaraj was a third-year architecture student from Saudi Arabia.