NASHVILLE - A University of North Alabama nursing graduate has been identified as the young woman found fatally stabbed in her Nashville condo early Tuesday morning.
Officials identified the victim as Tiffany Ferguson. She was an ICU nurse at St. Thomas West Hospital and had graduated from UNA in 2015.
According to News Channel 5, police responded to the Wedgewood Park condo shortly before 6 a.m. Police said Ferguson's roommate heard Ferguson scream, exited her bedroom, and found her stabbed.
Surveillance video from the area showed a man checking car doors before moving to the apartment building and checking doors there.
The suspect was then seen leaving the apartment with items he allegedly stole. Police said they were able to recover some of those items near the apartment.
No arrests have been made. Police said they are looking for a man wearing a hoodie, ripped jeans, and is believed to be on foot.
The tragic death of Tiffany is hitting her friends and extended family in north Alabama hard. Tiffany's smile is forever captured on a wall in Stevens Hall.
"When we first heard it we were in a state of shock," said UNA's Chair of Traditional Nursing Department, Tera Kirkman. "We just remember Tiffany and her beautiful smile."
A state of sadness and disbelief overshadowed the nursing department when they got the news.
Assistant Professor Clarissa Hall said many of the students and instructors thought highly of Tiffany.
That's why they are banding together to grieve as a family.
"We care about each other. We're there to support each other through the good times and the bad times," said Hall. "That's what families do and we'll be in support of our family now too."
Associate Professor Laura Williams said with UNA being a regional university, many of the classmates Tiffany Ferguson had here, knew each other for many years.
"We have many students who went to high school together," said Williams. "We have many students that have known each other since they were children. And so I think that several of our students remember her and were very shocked and saddened to hear the news."
The College of Nursing says they don't know exactly how they will honor her legacy just yet, but she will be forever remembered in these classrooms.