LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Two men have been arrested in connection with the disappearance and murder of a Cal State Northridge student from Saudi Arabia, according to Los Angeles police.

KNX 1070 reporter Claudia Peschiutta says that the two men are being held on suspicion of robbery charges. The CSUN student, Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi, 23, disappeared Sept. 18, a day after selling his car on a social networking site. The men were arrested Thursday, just hours before Alkadi’s body was found along the 10 Freeway, east of the Cook Street exit in Palm Desert.

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LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck is slated to have a news conference on Monday to provide more details on the arrests and the  investigation of Alkadi’s death.

KCAL9’s Brittney Hopper spoke to Alkadi’s brother by phone Sunday evening.

Ahmed Alkaldi, also a student at CSUN, told her he was still too grief-stricken to appear on camera. He said his entire family is overcome with sadness.

“No human being deserves to die like this, especially a man like him,” said Ahmed.

He calls his brother’s loss “a tragedy.”

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Ahmed added, “Our parents raised us right and to always see the good in people, to trust people.”

Family members also spoke to KCAL9 from Saudi Arabia via Skype.

Alkadi’s body will be flown back to Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Hopper reported.


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