AUSTIN (KXAN) — Monday afternoon students, faculty and the community is invited to attend a memorial to honor the 18-year-old University of Texas student killed last week.
Outside the Winship Drama Building, the public will pay tribute to Haruka Weiser at the place where she was last seen alive on April 3. From 2 to 3 p.m. a memorial will be held on Circle Drive; feet away from where Haruka’s body was found in Waller Creek April 5.
It has been one week since Haruka went missing. The man accused of killing her, 17-year-old Meechaiel Criner, is in jail on a $1 million bond. Criner’s grandmother is expected to see him Monday, for the first time since being charged with murder.
“Until they dig into it and see what it is still hard for me to believe that he did that,” said Criner’s grandmother, Mary Wadley.
One of the biggest questions on campus amid the investigation is why someone would kill a student on campus. A memorial has been growing everyday at the site of the crime. Students who didn’t even know her are dropping notes and flowers to pay tribute to their fellow fallen classmate.
Those who attend will walk with flowers, candles and banners along Waller Creek. Organizers hope the memorial will help raise awareness about violence against women.
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Meechaiel Criner is charged with capital murder in the death of Haruka Weiser.
One year ago, 18-year-old freshman Theatre and Dance student Haruka Weiser was found dead in Waller Creek on campus.
Shortly after her death, the university launched a comprehensive safety study to determine what changes should be made in campus security.
The Travis County District Attorney’s Office says they will take the capital murder case to trial.
Meechaeil Criner is now charged in the murder of a UT freshman, but problems with Austin’s DNA lab have stalled the case.
“This is outrageous. This set of circumstances is preposterous,” defense attorney Skip Davis says.
Prosecutors say they are still waiting for DNA to be processed in Haruka Weiser’s murder.
Haruka’s father, Tom Weiser, shared fond memories of his daughter at the event and hopes the community will come together to promote safety.
Attorneys will determine when the case will go to trial and give an update from Meechaiel Criner’s mental evaluation.
The report points to a need for more public safety staffing on campus.
Three decades before Haruka Weiser’s murder, there was Rosalind Robison, another UT student abducted while walking on campus at night.
Criner turned 18 last Thursday. Because he was 17 at the time of the homicide, Criner is not eligible for the death penalty if convicted.
The homeless teen, was arrested two days after Haruka Weiser’s body was found in Waller Creek.
Meechaeil Criner is charged with murder in the death of Haruka, killed on University campus April 3.
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