REDMOND, Wash. - A local murder mystery has captured headlines on the other side of the world after a 24-year-old award-winning "techie" was killed in her Redmond apartment, leaving police with new suspects and few clues.
Arpana Jinaga came from India, got a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Rutgers and moved to Redmond last May.
Friends describe her as an amazing combination of intelligence and spontaneity. Her friends knew her as being daring on her sport bike, immersing herself in U.S. culture and instantly capturing attention. Friend also described her as curious and unguarded - perhaps to a fault.
Articles on the Internet rave about medals she earned for her technological skills.
Jinaga was last seen alive at a Halloween party. Redmond Police believe a murder suspect targeted her for as yet unknown reasons.
Police found her body in her bedroom after her worried parents in India called a friend.
Police say there were signs of a physical struggle but are not disclosing how she was murdered.
Jinaga leaves a lasting impact of an energetic woman who lived her short life to the fullest. She also volunteered for several organizations.
Friends are holding a memorial service Thursday afternoon.