A young and promising ballerina majoring in dance at the University of Texas was found dead on Tuesday. Texas police said they are currently tracking down the person of interest who remains at large as of this writing.
Haruka J. Weiser, an 18-year-old dance major from UT’s College of Fine Arts, was reported missing Monday, after her roommates noticed she didn’t make it home on Sunday, the American Statesman reported. As of Thursday, police refused to release specific details on Haruka’s death, saying she was “assaulted” by an unidentified man. But video footage of a suspect has been released on Thursday showing a black male standing around 6 feet.
Haruka, who hailed from Portland, Oregon, graduated from a local high school for artistic students. After her performance in one of UT’s events years ago, and while Haruka was just a high school student, some of the university’s faculty members immediately noticed her brilliance in performing arts, especially ballet.
On Thursday afternoon, more than a thousand students, faculty members, friends, and family of Haruka gathered for a community gathering that started 5:30 p.m. at the university.
In a separate report by My San Antonio, UT President Gregory Fenves described Haruka as an intelligent student. With the incident, Fenves said the university will revisit security measures around the campus and implement the university’s SURE Walk program, where campus security will escort students, especially during at night, around the campus.
“Austin police are leading the homicide investigation into this horrifying and incomprehensible crime and working with UTPD and other law enforcement agencies to locate and apprehend a suspect quickly. The unthinkable brutality against Haruka is an attack on our entire family. Law enforcement is fully engaged to do everything to bring the perpetrator who committed this crime to justice,” Fenver said in a statement, as quoted by My San Antonio.
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