Minnesota victim of UCLA shooter identified as Ashley Hasti: sister

LOS ANGELES The woman shot dead in her Minnesota home by a former University of California, Los Angeles, graduate student who killed a professor at the school’s campus on Wednesday was identified by her sister on social media on Friday as Ashley Hasti.

Police said that Mainak Sarkar, 38, killed the woman now identified as Hasti at her home in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, outside Minneapolis. He then drove some 2,000 miles (3,200 km) to the school from which he graduated in 2013, intending to murder two professors, according to a “kill list” recovered at his St. Paul, Minnesota, home, police said.

“My sister, Ashley Hasti, was the smartest, coolest, and funniest person I knew. She could do anything she dreamed of,” the sister, Alex Hasti said. “Unfortunately, she won’t get to see that last dream come true as her life was cut short much too soon by her estranged husband.”

UCLA students and faculty were due to gather on Friday for another day of tributes to the slain professor, William Klug, 39.

(Reporting by Nichola Groom; Additional reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee and Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento and Sujoy Dhar in Kolkata; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Jeffrey Benkoe)

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