Houston: A 43-year-old Indian-origin woman researcher in Texas was killed while she was out jogging and police have initiated a homicide investigation, according to media reports.
According to the police, Sarmistha Sen, who was based in Plano city in the state of Texas, was randomly attacked and killed while jogging on August 1 near the Chisholm Trail Park.
Her body was found lying in the creek-area near Legacy Drive and Marchman Way by a passer-by, according to a report in the WFAA.com.
Sen, a mother of two sons, was a pharmacist and researcher who studied molecular biology and worked with cancer patients, the fox4news reported.
According to the Dallasnews.com, a person of interest in the case has been arrested on a burglary charge.
He was identified on Monday as 29-year old Bakari Abiona Moncrief, and is in custody at the Collin County jail, the report said.
An athlete, Sen used to run the popular Chisholm Trail nearly every morning before her children woke up, the report in the fox4news.com said.
The incident led to an outpouring of grief and support for the family.
“She just immediately connected with anybody she met on a deeply personal level with a very infectious smile and energy,” Sumit, her brother, said.
A day after the incident, strangers, neighbors and friends surrounded two trees near the park with flowers and hundreds of running shoes.