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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Prosecutors Find Killer of Student

City prosecutors say they have found the killer of Yekaterina Kiryushina, a 23-year-old Moscow State University student brutally attacked Sept. 11 with a hammer, national newspapers reported.

The suspect, Nikolai Dikii, is also being investigated for involvement in the killing last month of a baby and other grave crimes.

Svetlana Petrenko, a City Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman, confirmed Tuesday that Dikii, who is believed to be more than 40 and from Ukraine, had been charged Monday with the attack on Kiryushina.

A statement posted on the city police web site said that after Kiryushina was beaten, the assailant fled with her cell phone and 60 rubles ($2.40) -- all the money she had on her. Kiryushina was attacked outside the university's physics building.

Kiryushina was later found and taken to a hospital. She died without ever having regained consciousness, the City Prosecutor's Office said.

The assailant was then reported to have hawked Kiryushina's phone to a street vendor outside Yaroslavsky Station. Police tracked down the phone and questioned the vendor on Sept. 12.

The vendor's description of the man who sold him the phone led them to find the suspect on Sept. 14, said Yulia Makartseva, a spokeswoman for the city police department's western district. He was found with the hammer thought to have been used in the killing.

The suspect confessed to attacking and robbing Kiryushina, the police web site reported. But he insisted he had robbed the student because he was unemployed and needed money to feed his wife and baby. Makartseva said the suspect had been renovating apartments for a living.