Adelaide murder: top student killed by her father.


A young woman found dead in the front seat of a Mercedes Benz with her seriously injured father beside her was a high-performing student and talented pianist.

Sabrina Lekaj, 20, died Sunday night in a car in front of her family home in Kidman Park, Adelaide, less than an hour after her mother called the police to say that she was worried about her safety.

When the officials arrived at the scene, they found Mrs. Lekaj dead in the car and her father Petrit Lekaj in a serious condition next to her with stab wounds in her stomach.

He was taken to hospital for treatment, where he remained in a stable condition.

South Australia police said they were suspicious of Mrs Lekaj’s death and would interview Mr Lekaj if his condition improved. No one else is wanted for questioning about the attack.

When the news of Mrs Lekaj’s death spread, tributes flowed with friends who remembered her as a good friend and top student who had finished high school with 99.35 points.

I can’t believe I’m writing this. My beautiful Sabrina. Incredibly talented pianist, high performer and queen of dark humor. I love you. Forever in our hearts,” wrote her friend Jana Fandi on Instagram.

“Rest in peace Sab. I will never forget our psychology and biochemistry courses. You will be missed,” wrote school friend Emma Rowe.

Ms. Lekaj attended the Nazareth Catholic College in Adelaide and graduated in 2016 with an excellent grade in Biology and Religious Studies.

She was then admitted to the University of South Australia, where she studied both classical piano and medical imaging.

Romina, the mother of Mrs. Lekaj, and her younger brother were seen arriving at the family home on Monday with sick bags in their hands.

Police had started searching for the couple shortly before 10.30 p.m. on Sunday after the family triggered the alarm and expressed “concern for the inmates”.

They searched Kidman Park, Fulham Gardens and the Findon area before finding the car.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Ransom confirmed that the duo is father and daughter as he spoke to the media on Monday.

Emergency crews found her father next to the car, deliberately, but with serious abdominal injuries.

The incident is not considered accidental because both people are known to each other,” he said.

Investigations on this issue are continuing and there is much background information on the issue the police are trying to investigate.

“Please understand that, due to his condition, we have not yet been able to talk to the father.

Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800,333,000.


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Mette Frederiksen is a The Washington Newsday correspondent. With her coverage of general science, NASA and the interface between technology and society, Frederiksen has been in the Science Desk's Technology Beat since joining Washington Newsday in 2018.

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