Voorhees – The Philadelphia school said Tuesday that a 22-year-old woman who was killed in an apparent attack by her father was a student at Temple University.
She added that the mother of the murdered woman, who was taken to hospital in stable condition after the assault, also had links to Temple Temple.
“The Temple University family is very surprised and sad,” school officials said in a message to the community.
She added that Catherine “Katie” Clemene, who was fatally beaten at her Round Hill Street home, was a student at Temple College of the Liberal Arts.
The letter indicated that her mother, Sherry Kleiman, works at the Lewis Katz College of Medicine in Temple.
“This is a senseless tragedy affecting the entire Temple community,” the letter from Stephanie Ives, dean of students, and Sharon Boyle, associate vice president of human resources, read.
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies extend to those closest to Catherine and Sherry, especially their families, friends, faculty, colleagues, and classmates,” they wrote.
The incident sparked expressions of sadness on social media.
“She robbed us of a great spirit very early on,” Darius West of Voorhees said in a Facebook post accompanied by a photo of Katie Kleiman’s graduation from Eastern Regional High School.
West wrote, “I am really devastated that you are no longer with us today, but I would like to take this time to remember Katie as the wonderful person she was and is to me.”
“This beautiful soul,” wrote David Clem, who described himself as the victim’s childhood friend.
Sherry Clement told detectives that she woke up early Monday to find her husband, Gregory, hitting her with a baseball bat and saying, “I can’t take it anymore.”
When the attack ended, the woman crawled into her daughter’s bedroom where she found Katie Kleiman “unresponsive and covered in blood,” according to a probable cause of criminal charges against Gregory Kleiman.
The daughter was taken to the district hospital, where she died around 8:15 a.m.
Voorhees Police, who responded to the mother’s 911 call around 6:50 a.m., found Gregory Clement and his car missing.
The search for the man accused of murder, attempted murder and the offense of using weapons ended with his body being found in a wooded area in Voorhees on Tuesday morning.
The attorney general’s office said Gregory Clement, who was a health care employee at Cooper University, apparently died of his gunshot wounds.
Jim Walsh covers public safety, economic development, and other beats for the Courier-Post, Burlington County Times, and The Daily Journal.
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