University of Texas says body found on campus was first-year dance student

Jon Herskovitz


Body of Dance Student Haruka Weiser Identified at UT Austin Campus
Body of Dance Student Haruka Weiser Identified at UT Austin Campus

AUSTIN, Texas, April 7 (Reuters) - The victim of a suspected homicide found in a creek on the main campus of the University of Texas was identified on Thursday by university officials as Haruka Weiser, a first-year theater and dance student from Oregon.

"The unthinkable brutality against Haruka is an attack on our entire family," said University of Texas President Gregory Fenves in a statement that named the victim. "Law enforcement is fully engaged to do everything to bring the perpetrator who committed this crime to justice."

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No arrests have been made in the incident which took place on the Austin campus used by about 64,000 students, faculty and staff and sent shockwaves through the university community.

Weiser went missing on Monday and her body was found on Tuesday behind the university's alumni center, which is near the main football stadium.

Weiser was trained in ballet and recruited by dance faculty to come to the University of Texas about two years ago when they saw her perform at the National High School Dance Festival, Fenves said.

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