Cause of death released for Ole Miss student: Homicide – “multiple gunshot wounds”


Alexandria “Ally” Kostial

OXFORD, Miss. ( – The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department says Ole Miss student Alexandria “Ally” Kostial was shot several times when she was killed.

Investigators confirmed the cause of death Wednesday, saying the preliminary autopsy report shows the 21-year-old “died from multiple gunshot wounds, manner of death homicide.” Rocky Kennedy, Lafayette County Coroner, told ABC News that he could not confirm the number of times Kostial was shot. He said that the number eight, which has been reported by some, is an erroneous number.

22-year-old Brandon Theesfeld is charged in her murder. Kostial’s body was found Saturday morning around Sardis Lake, which is located near Buford Ridge.

Brandon Theesfeld

Theesfeld attended business school with Kostial at Ole Miss. Authorities have not released the relationship between the two.

Memphis police worked with Mississippi law enforcement to arrest Theesfeld Monday morning at a gas station on South Parkway. The suspect was taken back to Mississippi, where he faced a Lafayette County judge Tuesday morning.

A bond hearing for Theesfeld has yet to be announced. The suspect’s father maintains his son’s innocence.

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