Young Woman Found Beaten in West Philadelphia Murdered: Police

A young Drexel University graduate found beaten and possibly strangled in her West Philadelphia apartment Thursday afternoon was murdered, homicide detectives said Friday.

A property manager found 27-year-old Jasmine Wright dead in her third-floor apartment on 50th Street near Locust shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, authorities said. He alerted police, and medics pronounced the young woman dead about 3:30 p.m. Wright's family had contacted the property manager to check on her when they became worried about her.

A key detail in the early investigation into Wright's death emerged as investigators combed her home for evidence: There were no signs of forced entry into her apartment, and the place was not ransacked.

Wright's death left her neighbors in West Philadelphia, who said she was a well-liked young professional, stunned.

"It's hurt me just to know that it's right next door," neighbor Keith Hooks told NBC10. "And to happen to that person who didn't bother a soul."

Detectives held the woman's apartment as a crime scene Friday and towed her car to collect DNA samples and any other evidence.

Investigators do not have a person of interest in the case and the probe is ongoing.

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