A suspect is in custody after the mysterious strangling of a Texas coed. Molly Matheson was found dead close to the Texas Christian University campus on April 11. On April 28, Fort Worth cops announced that 23-year-old Reginald ‘Reggie’ Kimbro had been arrested in relation to the crime. Matheson had been found in the bathroom of her apartment by her mother. There was no sign forced entry. Matheson’s apartment above a garage. At the time of her death, Matheson had been taking classes at Tarrant County College having graduated from Timber Creek High School in Fort Worth.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Kimbro Says He Attended the University of Arkansas; Matheson Was a Student There in 2015
According to Kimbro’s Facebook page, he’s a marketing student at the University of Arkansas. He says began at the school in 2015. That same page say Kimbro lives in Plano, Texas. It was widely reported at the time of her death that Matheson had been a student at the University of Arkansas until the spring of 2015.
Investigators are still working to establish the link between Kimbro and Matheson. The Dallas Morning News reports that the University of Arkansas has no record of Kimbro as a student. On his LinkedIn page, Kimbro says he’s a student at Collin County Community College in McKinney, Texas.
Speaking to NBC DFW’s Alice Barr, Matheson’s parents said she knew the suspect somewhat from her time in Arkansas.
2. Matheson’s Family Says ‘We Are Confident That Justice Will Be Served for Molly’
In a statement, Molly Matheson’s family said, “We know that [the police] were very diligent in their investigation which led to the arrest. This has been an overwhelmingly trying time for our family and we are confident that justice will be served for Molly.”
While Fox DFW’s Dionne Anglin spoke to a source close to the family who said they are “extremely happy” about the arrest.
Matheson’s brother, Nick, had paid tribute to his sister saying, “I can’t say much but I wills ay this. You damn better love everyone in your life as much as you possibly can. I miss you so much Molly.” At her funeral, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted Matheson’s father, David, as saying, “We know Molly can’t come back to us. But we know she lives in heaven and her love fills this room.”
3. The Entire TCU Campus Had Been on Edge After the Killing
Authorities went public about Kimbro’s arrest due to the tension that the horrific crime had caused around Texas Christian University. A sophomore at the school, Elise Vadaurri, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “Until we find whoever did this, I think a lot of people will be on edge. There’s a lot of young females and families who live over here.”
When the news of the arrest first broke, Fort Worth police refused to release Kimbro’s identity so as to “preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation.”
4. Kimbro Has Reportedly Refused to Be Interviewed by Investigators
WFAA Lauren Zakalik’s reports that Kimbro has refused to be interviewed by investigators. There has been no official word about the charges that Kimbro will be facing. The Dallas Morning News reports that Kimbro was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals stationed in Fort-Worth. He was picked up at his father’s home.
Kimbro is being held at Mansfield jail on a bail of $500,000.
5. Matheson Grew Up in Florida
Matheson grew up in Florida but lived close to Texas Christian University’s chapel and art gallery. Matheson was not a student at the school She was active at the First United Methodist Church of Winter Park in Florida. Merrill Frailey of the church paid tribute to Matheson on Facebook saying, “Molly was a bright light and big part of the youth group at FUMCWP, with her family very active and loved within this church community. With heavy hearts, we know that coming together as a community of believers and lifting them up in prayer is the best thing we can do for this grieving family that we love.”