A University of Mississippi college student found dead earlier this month was reportedly pregnant, and her friends believe her ex- boyfriend — who is accused of her murder — killed her after she refused to agree to abort the baby.
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The body of 21-year-old Alexandria "Ally" Kostial was discovered Saturday morning by police near the Ole Miss campus during a routine patrol, and an investigation led to the arrest on Monday of her on-and-off boyfriend and fellow student, Brandon Theesfeld, according to Business Insider.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail released Tuesday, Kostial's friends say she was murdered by Theesfeld because she was pregnant with his baby and refused his request that she have an abortion.
"Her sorority sisters knew she was pregnant and that she had told Brandon. He was really upset about it, that it would ruin his life and his future," one Ole Miss student told the outlet of Kostial.
"He was really mad that she wouldn't get an abortion," the source said. "She was like, 'No, I don't believe in that.'"
Another friend told the Mail, "[Kostial] was really upset because she was pregnant and had been trying to [get rid of her child] through unhealthy ways, like going out, drinking a lot and doing drugs. She was 17 weeks pregnant. She was not handling it well. Brandon found out but he was dating someone else. He wanted her to get an abortion. I think morally she didn't want to do it."
The second friend added that she believed Kostial told Theesfeld of the pregnancy within hours of her death.
"I believe it was the same day," the unnamed student said, "Her sorority sisters thought it was Brandon because he was in a rage earlier in the day when I guess she had told him."
Kostial was seen on surveillance footage leaving a bar in Oxford, Mississippi, last Friday night, and her roommate confirmed that Kostial made it home a bit after midnight. Her body was found the next day, and KHOU-TV reported that a preliminary autopsy revealed Kostial died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Theesfeld, 22, has been charged with her murder and is being held at the Lafayette County Detention Center in Oxford.