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Matthew Darby awaits a hearing to argue his attorney was ineffective. Darby is serving a life sentence for killing Alina Sheykhet, a Pitt student and ex-girlfriend, in 2017.

Man serving life for 2017 killing of Pitt student to get hearing

By Millicent Watt, Assistant News Editor January 10, 2022
Matthew Darby — convicted of killing Pitt student and ex-girlfriend Alina Sheykhet in 2017 in her South Oakland apartment — will get a hearing to argue that his attorney was ineffective.
 Participants at the first annual Walk for Love wear purple, the favorite color of late Pitt student Alina Sheykhet.

Walk for Love celebrates late Pitt student

By George Smith, For The Pitt News July 9, 2019
It was a sweltering Sunday morning in Oakdale as friends, family and community members gathered to commemorate the life and legacy of the late Pitt student Alina Sheykhet.
The Alina’s Light charity organization will hold a “Walk for Love” to honor Alina Sheykhet (pictured) on July 7.

‘Walk for Love’ to commemorate life, legacy of murdered Pitt student

By George Smith, For The Pitt News June 19, 2019
In the aftermath of former Pitt student Alina Sheykhet’s death in the fall of 2017, family, friends and peers have come together to honor and continue her legacy.
Police believe that Darby used a claw type hammer and two stainless steel knives to kill Sheykhet. (Courtesy of Pittsburgh Police)

Man sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder of Pitt student

By Janine Faust, Managing Editor October 17, 2018
The DA’s office had originally sought the death penalty for Matthew Darby and withdrew it after he agreed to a sentence of life without parole.
Pitt contributed $15,000 to the installation of 60 surveillance cameras throughout Oakland. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Assistant Visual Editor)

Editorial: Pitt’s new surveillance cameras: well-intentioned, but not useful

By The Pitt News Editorial Board September 5, 2018
Increased surveillance may seem like a step in the right direction — it could bolster security in Oakland where thousands of Pitt students reside and attend class. But Oakland isn’t in dire need of more security — and installing cameras will hardly combat domestic violence, which is one of the primary reasons they were implemented in the first place.
The Allegheny County District Attorney will seek the death penalty for Matthew Darby. (Photo via Pittsburgh Police)

DA to seek death penalty in Pitt student’s homicide

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor February 15, 2018

The Allegheny County district attorney's office will seek the death penalty for Matthew Darby, a 21-year-old man accused of killing Pitt student Alina Sheykhet. Sheykhet was found dead in her home in...

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