The 18-year-old coed found murdered on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin has been named as Haruka Weiser. She was first reported missing on the morning of April 4 have last been seen on the night of April 3 leaving the drama building on campus. Tragically, on April 5, her body was found close to the school's alumni center. So far, Austin police detectives have no suspects in the case. At press briefing, authorities said that there is a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. A person of interest has been described as a 6 foot tall black man riding a pink bike.
On April 7, a statement from the school's president, Gregory L. Fenves, confirmed the identity of the victim as 18-year-old Haruka Weiser who was originally from Portland. No arrests have been made in the crime. In his remarks, Fenves described Weiser's death as "a tragic loss for the UT community."
When her body was found President Fenves said, "It's a tragic day. Our home has been violated... It's a difficult and tragic day for our campus community. Our hearts go out to the victim and their family." In the wake of the discovery, KEYE reported that the Texas Rangers and the Texas Department of Public Safety would both be patrolling the school's campus and surrounding area.
One student Stephanie Sandoval said that she could smell something strange coming from Waller Creek on the day Weiser's body was discovered. She told KVUE, "Although Waller Creek is a creek and you know, sometimes it does have a creek smell, it did not smell like that on that day. It just smelled different and bad. Just bad."
While another, Nidia Cavazos, told the station, "I was in class and the news was everywhere. All of a sudden students were talking, the professor took time to read it in his phone." She also spoke about the immediate questions that were apparent, "Is it somebody that's out there and loose? Out for more students."
Here are the photos that celebrate Weiser's life, a life that was ended far too soon: