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Ole Miss student, 22, arrested on suspicion of murder after his classmate was found dead at a lake

Brandon Theesfeld, 22, of Fort Worth, Texas, was led from the Lafayette County Courthouse by Major Alan Wilburn Tuesday afternoon after his arrest Monday

An Ole Miss student arrested on suspicion of murder has been pictured leaving court after his classmate was found dead at a lake 20 miles from campus. 

Alexandria ‘Ally’ Kostial, 21, was reportedly found shot eight times by a police officer during a routine patrol on Saturday morning near Sardis Lake in Mississippi.  

Fellow student Brandon Theesfeld, 22, of Fort Worth, Texas, was led from the Lafayette County Courthouse by Major Alan Wilburn Tuesday afternoon after his arrest Monday, The Oxford Eagle reports.

Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, Theesfeld was handcuffed with his ankles shackled.  

Reports suggest tragic Ally was last seen on security footage outside a bar Friday night. 

She went home around midnight, but it is understood she left her house again without her roommates hearing, WLBT reports. 

It is not known if Ally was killed at the lake or her body brought there. Police have not released a motive in the shooting or whether Theesfeld and Kostial knew each other.

Brandon Theesfeld was led from the Lafayette County Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon. Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, he was handcuffed with his ankles shackled

Brandon Theesfeld was led from the Lafayette County Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon. Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, he was handcuffed with his ankles shackled

Theesfeld was arraigned in connection with the death of 21-year-old Alexandria 'Ally' Kostia

Theesfeld was arraigned in connection with the death of 21-year-old Alexandria ‘Ally’ Kostia

Ally Kostial, 21, was discovered Saturday morning near Sardis Lake in Mississippi and Lafayette County Sheriff's Department said they suspected foul play in her deat

Brandon Theesfeld was arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday afternoon

Ally Kostial, 21, was discovered Saturday morning near Sardis Lake in Mississippi and Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department said they suspected foul play in her death. Brandon Theesfeld was arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday afternoon

The new details have emerged after the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department said Monday they suspected foul play in her death.

It is still not known if she was reported missing before her body was discovered. 

Theesfeld is understood to have been booked Monday afternoon at Lafayette County Detention Center. 

The school said he was also enrolled at the University of Mississippi in Oxford and has been suspended. 

He appears to have been active on his Twitter account in the days following Ally’s death. 

Brandon was enrolled at the University of Mississippi in Oxford and has been suspended

Brandon was enrolled at the University of Mississippi in Oxford and has been suspended

Brandon's dad posted this picture to Facebook calling his son a 'gun tactile expert'

Brandon’s dad posted this picture to Facebook calling his son a ‘gun tactile expert’ 

Brandon Theesfeld was arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday afternoon

Brandon Theesfeld

Brandon Theesfeld was arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday afternoon

Sources close to the investigation have said Ally was shot eight times. She is understood to have been last seen on the security cameras outside a bar

Sources close to the investigation have said Ally was shot eight times. She is understood to have been last seen on the security cameras outside a bar

It is not known if she was reported missing before her body was discovered near Sardis Lake

It is not known if she was reported missing before her body was discovered near Sardis Lake

A map showing where Ally was found dead Saturday morning and her university campus

A map showing where Ally was found dead Saturday morning and her university campus

Ally, originally from St. Louis, had been attending summer school and teaching fitness classes at the university, according to her father Keith.  

He posted on Facebook to pay tribute to his daughter, writing: ‘Yesterday, Saturday afternoon, we were visited by the Sunset Hills MO Police who communicated to us that our beautiful dear Alexandria (Ally) Kostial was the victim of a homicide.’ 

Keith added: ‘As of now, it is believed the crime happened in Lafayette County, MS.

‘She had been attending summer school and teaching fitness classes at University of Mississippi, (Ole Miss) in Oxford, Mississippi.

‘She was a 2016 Lindbergh High School graduate. She was only 21. Investigations are ongoing.’

Reports suggest she was seen on security footage from the bar, stopping in the doorway before walking off without going in and then heading home

Reports suggest she was seen on security footage from the bar, stopping in the doorway before walking off without going in and then heading home 

Ally is reported to have headed home around midnight, but it is understood she left her home again without her roommates hearing before being found dead Saturday morning

Ally is reported to have headed home around midnight, but it is understood she left her home again without her roommates hearing before being found dead Saturday morning 

Police say investigators with Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department, The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, The Mississippi Crime Lab Crime Scene Unit are actively working the case assisted by the University of Mississippi Police Department and The Oxford Police Department.  

Friend Casey Nichole Hendrickson wrote on Facebook: ‘Forever in my heart. We’ll meet again someday my sweet angel.’ 

Claudia Swyres posted pictures of Ally, adding: ‘You will be missed dearly.’ 

She told DailyMail.com: ‘This girl needs to get justice. She was such a fun person who would help anybody in need. She was so young, she had her whole life ahead of her.’ 

Her friend Sammie Martin, who said she texted Ally Tuesday to tell her she loved her, told Fox2: ‘(She was) very spontaneous. She would do just about anything. She loved outdoors, she loved just hanging out with her friends, she was the person you always wanted to be around.’

Sammie added: ‘I’m so grateful that I ended up sending that text because that was only like a few days ago, so I got to talk to her a few days before this horrible thing happened.’ 

Margaret Illig, who also graduated Lindbergh High School with Ally in 2016, added: ‘When I was around her, I just felt like my spirit being lifted.’

Witness Michelle Bramlett saw the authorities arrive Saturday morning. 

She told WMC5: ‘I was sitting on the couch and saw the ambulance go by and was curious and went outside and then the next thing I know the coroner came by and two unmarked vehicles.’ 

Ally was understood to have been studying for a bachelor`s degree in marketing in the School of Business Administration. 

She was the president of the University of Mississippi Golf Club and a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, according to her social media pages. 

Ally was understood to have been studying for a bachelor`s degree in marketing in the School of Business Administration

Ally was the president of the University of Mississippi Golf Club and a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, according to her social media pages

Ally was understood to have been studying for a bachelor`s degree in marketing in the School of Business Administration. She was the president of the University of Mississippi Golf Club and a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, according to her social media pages

Ally, from St. Louis, had been attending summer school, her dad Keith said. 'Our beautiful dear Alexandria Kostial was the victim of a homicide', he wrote. They are pictured together

Ally, from St. Louis, had been attending summer school, her dad Keith said. ‘Our beautiful dear Alexandria Kostial was the victim of a homicide’, he wrote. They are pictured together 

Tragic Ally Kostial pictured as a youngster with her parents, Keith and Cindy and her brother

Tragic Ally Kostial pictured as a youngster with her parents, Keith and Cindy and her brother

The University of Mississippi paid tribute to Ally, calling her ‘a valued member of our campus community’. 

Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks said in a statement: ‘We are truly saddened by the death of Alexandria Kostial. 

‘Ally was a valued member of our campus community. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family, friends, and classmates and stand ready to support them during this time. 

‘We appreciate the work of the Lafayette County Sherriff’s Department and Coroner as they conduct their investigation.’ 

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department 662-234-6421 or Crime Stoppers 662-234-8477.

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