Maryland Woman, 31, Fatally Stabbed in Chicago

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A Maryland woman died after she was stabbed Saturday afternoon in Chicago, police say.

The 31-year-old died after an attack on South Wacker Drive in Chicago's Loop.

The woman was on a sidewalk at about 4 p.m. in the area of South Wacker Drive and West Van Buren Street when an unknown man approached her and pulled out a knife, police said.

The man stabbed the woman in the back and then fled south on Wacker, police said. The woman was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police Supt. David Brown says the woman’s attacker is believed to be a homeless man. He said investigators are reviewing surveillance videos and at least one witness is cooperating with investigators. 

“We are utilizing all of the resources that we have,” Brown told reporters near the crime scene. 

Brown declined to provide details about the victim, saying police were working to notify her family and determine what she was doing in the area. He described the area of the attack as secluded and usually not well-traveled. It's is adjacent to a homeless camp located beneath an Interstate 290 overpass.

The University of Maryland identified the victim to the Chicago Tribune as doctoral candidate Anat Kimchi.

“The University of Maryland grieves the loss of Anat Kimchi, a brilliant young scholar. We offer our condolences to her friends and family during this difficult time," the school said in a statement.

Police have not said whether the stabbing was targeted. An investigation is ongoing.

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