Father charged with murder after 20-year-old Sabrina Lekaj found stabbed to death beside him in Mercedes-Benz
ADELAIDE: A 20-year-old girl from Adelaide was allegedly stabbed to death by her father hours after she stayed overnight at her friend's house. Reports state that the college student, identified as Sabrina Lekaj, was found in the passenger seat alongside her father, Petrit Lekaj, in her Mercedes-Benz in the suburb of Kidman Park on Sunday night.
Officers reportedly had to smash the vehicle's window to drag the father out of the car, who had a serious abdominal injury. South Australian police took him to hospital where he continues to remain under police guard after being charged with his daughter's murder.
Police have alleged that Lekaj stabbed his daugther to death before turning the knife on himself, according to the Adelaide Advertiser. The victim's car was reportedly parked just 250m away from the home the 20-year-old shared with her family.
Sabrina's friends, while talking to the outlet, said that hours before the horrific incident, she had celebrated passing university exams with her friends.
The victim's best friend, 21-year-old Kat Valstar, who was one of the last people to see her alive, said that her last words to her were "I love you."
"Her last words to me were: ‘I love you, I’ll message you when I get home’. But she never did … I feel like a piece of me has disappeared,” she said. “I don’t have my other half. She was my best friend.”
Reports state that Sabrina, who was a gifted painist, was worried about her getting into an argument with her father after she spent Saturday nigth at Valstar place and the pair went clubbing in downtown Adelaide.
“She was worried she was going to get yelled at when she got home," Valstar told news.au.com.
Sabrina's freinds flooded social media with tributes for the university student, calling her "beautiful and happy." The 20-yearold studied classical piano performance before going on to study medical radiation science at the University of South Australia.
One of Sabrina's freinds, Jana Fandi, posted on Instagram: “I can’t believe I’m writing this. My beautiful Sabrina. Incredibly talented pianist, high achiever and queen of dark humour. I love you. Forever in our hearts.”
The victim's father, a well-known member of the Adelaide Albanian community, is set to face a courtside hearing on Friday, reports state.