Alexandria “Ally” Kostial, a 21-year-old student at the University of Mississippi, was found dead over the weekend. Her body was reportedly discovered by law enforcement officials and her death is being investigated as an apparent homicide, according to local news outlets.
An official cause of death for Kostial has not been announced at this time.
“We are truly saddened by the death of Alexandria Kostial. Ally was a valued member of our campus community,” University of Mississippi’s Interim Chancellor, Larry Sparks, said in a statement following the news. “We extend our deepest sympathy to her family, friends, and classmates and stand ready to support them during this time. We appreciate the work of the Lafayette County Sherriff’s Department and Coroner as they conduct their investigation.”
Kostial was studying marketing at the Ole Miss School of Business Administration. She was also a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity.
Her father addressed her death in a heartbreaking post on Facebook writing: “Yesterday, Saturday afternoon, we were visited by the Sunset Hills MO Police who communicated to us that our beautiful dear Alexandria (Ally) Kostial was the victim of a homicide. As of now, it is believed the crime happened in Lafayette County, MS. She had been attending summer school and teaching fitness classes at University of Mississippi, (Ole Miss) in Oxford, Mississippi.”
Anyone with relevant information that would help with the investigation into Kostial’s death has been asked to call the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department at 662-234-6421 or Crime Stoppers at 662-234-8477.
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