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Autopsy scheduled for alleged Craigslist killer

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An autopsy is set for Monday in the death of Philip Markoff, a one-time medical student who died of what seems to be an apparent suicide while facing charges in a killing tied to the Craigslist website.

Philip Markoff was discovered not moving in his Boston, Massachusetts, jail cell Sunday morning and pronounced dead by medics, officials said.

The cause of death is still under investigation, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement.

"Markoff was alone in his cell and all evidence collected thus far indicates that he took his own life," the statement said. "Nonetheless, as with all such cases, a comprehensive investigation will be conducted to determine the facts and circumstances surrounding his death."

On  April 14, 2009, Markoff, 24, was charged in the  fatal shooting and attempted robbery of Julissa Brisman, 25, at Boston’s Copley Marriott Hotel.

According to police, Brisman, a model, who was advertised as a masseuse on Craigslist, a popular online classifieds service, and said Markoff may have met her through the site.

In a statement Sunday, the family of Brisman said it was "shocked and dismayed" at the news of Markoff’s apparent suicide.

"Their grief for Julissa is as fresh today as the day over a year ago when Markoff took Julissa away from them," said the statement  released by a spokesperson for the family. "The long-awaited criminal prosecution was their only opportunity to confront him, and now he has taken that away as well."

The family vowed to continue "other avenues to seek justice for Julissa and help ensure that others do not suffer from such devastating, unnecessary violence," according to the statement.