• Parents of Sheykhet's ex-boyfriend plead for him to turn himself in



    The attorney for Matthew Darby, the ex-boyfriend of murdered University of Pittsburgh student Alina Sheykhet, pleaded with him to turn himself during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. 

    No one knows where Darby is, including his parents.

    They are also pleaded with him to turn himself into police.

    Watch Channel 11 News starting at 5 p.m. to hear more about the homicide investigation.


    UPDATE 8:15 A.M. 

    Channel 11 has learned Matthew Darby's attorney, David Shrager, will hold a news conference at Noon.  


    Police are searching for the ex-boyfriend of a slain Pitt student, saying he’s “armed and dangerous.”

    A new charge was filed Monday night against Matthew Darby, 21, of Cranberry Township for violating a protection from abuse order, according to court records.

    Police issued a BOLO, or Be On the Lookout, for Darby saying he is “considered armed and dangerous” and wanted for questioning as a “homicide suspect.”

    Matthew Darby
    Matthew Darby

    Darby’s ex-girlfriend, Alina Skeykhet, 20, was found dead Sunday morning in her Oakland home. Authorities say she died of blunt force trauma and called her death a homicide.

    Neighbors told Channel 11 on Monday that they can’t believe that happened in their neighborhood.


    “It’s horrible. I’m like very sick about it," said Marissa Pescatore, a Pitt student. "I couldn’t stop thinking about it yesterday.”

    A warrant is out for Darby’s arrest for violating a PFA Sheykhet filed against him last month. She said he climbed up a gutter and broke through a window in her home, and also detailed prior abuse.


    “The other day, to think that we were sleeping super close to this house while this was happening to her is just so horrible," Pescatore said.

    Channel 11 has also learned Darby was in court last week for an unrelated rape charge.

    In the BOLO, police said to look for a black 2013 Chevy Cruze with the license plate HBT 1677, driven by Darby. The vehicle is his father's, according to the alert.

    Darby’s attorney released a statement Monday night.

    "I am currently investigating the facts and working with the family to bring this to a speedy resolution,” said David Shrager. “My hope is that we will be prepared to move forward in that direction Tuesday  afternoon.”


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