OXFORD, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – Oxford police have released video of Ole Miss student Ally Kostial the night before she was found dead.
A preliminary autopsy report confirmed she died from multiple gunshot wounds. The suspect charged in the case is her own classmate, 22-year-old Brandon Theesfeld.
It’s been four days since the body of 21-year-old Ally Kostial was found near Sardis Lake in Mississippi. Oxford police released surveillance video of the victim exiting Funky’s Bar at the Oxford Square. She leaves the bar and then gets into an Uber.
Now friends are grappling with why someone would want to take the life of such an outgoing, vibrant woman.
“I was absolutely shocked because this girl, she had her whole life ahead of her,” said Claudia Swyres, who has known the victim since third grade. “She was going to be very successful someday, and unfortunately that was cut way too short for her.”
Monday, Mississippi authorities arrested fellow Ole Miss business student Brandon Theesfeld in Memphis. He was charged with murder in her death. Investigator Alan Wilburn provided little details Wednesday in the investigation, only stating to media that no bond hearing would be held.
The victim was an Alpha Phi sorority member and ran track in high school with Swyres back home in St. Louis, Missouri.
“If I was going through a hard day or I was dealing with a lot of issues, Ally and her friend would be willing to sit down and just talk with me about it,” Swyres shared. “They were always there if I needed something.”
For Swyres, Kostial’s memory will live on.
“People will not forget her and people from Lindberg will remember hey, that’s the girl that would always help me out if I was in a difficult time and she’d be willing to sit there and listen.”
A vigil is planned to honor Kostial in St. Louis Thursday evening at her high school.
Well-known defense attorney Steven Farese and fellow attorney Tony Farese will represent suspect Brandon Theesfeld.
A date has not been set for a bond hearing.