Saudi student Yasser Abualfaraj Source: Local 10

On Sunday, Saudi student Yasser Abualfaraj was found dead in his apartment in Florida, where he was pursuing an architecture degree.

The body of the 23-year-old was discovered by his roommate. They had been living in a building situated opposite of the University of Miami, where he was studying.

Authorities said the man's body was found with "multiple signs of trauma."

US police have since launched an investigation into the incident.

"It's an open investigation and we are working to find any witnesses who may have heard or seen anything at the time," Detective Chris Thomas told Arab News.

"We are working right now to possibly find out if anyone can produce some kind of a sketch of the person, or something of that nature, to provide leads," he added.

Abualfaraj, from Jeddah, moved to Miami in 2015 to pursue his studies.

Local police "need to locate" a man suspected to be linked to the student's death

The Saudi Student Association at the university said investigations into the incident have confirmed it to be a murder, according to Al Arabiya.

 "After investigations by the US police, it turned out to be a murder. We do not know the circumstances of the case and the motive towards the crime, we ask you to take caution and stay away from suspicious places, and do not deal with strangers in the streets and choose the appropriate housing with the availability of security. May God protect us."

Local police released a statement on Twitter in which they call on people to help them locate a man associated with Abualfaraj's death.

On Monday, university students and staff held a vigil to mourn the 23-year-old's death. 

"The university is in a state of shock from the news, especially the architecture department where Yasser was studying, which canceled all classes completely yesterday because of the tragedy," said al-Mahdi Bakhit, a friend of Abualfaraj, according to Al Arabiya. 

"We want to know of the killing"

"Condolences to family and friends"

"Allah yer7amak"