University of Texas creates Haruka Weiser Memorial Fund

Haruka Weiser (Photo via University of Texas at Austin)
Haruka Weiser (Photo via University of Texas at Austin)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — University of Texas President Greg Fenves announced the creation of the Haruka Weiser Memorial Fund, Monday.

The Weiser family has asked that all gifts be directed to the fund. In a letter to the university, Fenves said Weiser’s parents will determine how to best use the gifts to create a “fitting tribute” to honor her.

Haruka Juliana Tsunemine Weiser, our beloved daughter, sister and friend, was taken from us too soon. We will forever miss her; the pain of our sudden and tragic loss is unfathomable. We are grateful for all the support, kindness and prayers that have been offered to us. Words cannot express the outpouring of love we have received…We remain steadfast in our desire to honor Haruka’s memory through kindness and love, not violence.”

You can also send condolence messages to the family by emailing honoringharuka@gmail.com or by sending a letter to: Family of Haruka Weiser, c/o Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, PO Box 7699, Austin, TX 78713-7699.

Weiser was found dead the morning of Tuesday, Apr. 5 in Waller Creek on the UT Austin campus. Police charged Meechaiel Criner, 17, with her murder.

President Fenves added in his note to the campus community that they are working to expand the SUREwalk program, as well as conducting a review of campus safety procedures.

Fenves says the counseling center is available to students as they begin the last few weeks of classes and prepare for final exams. “I also urge you to continue to support your fellow Longhorns and to stay focused on the things that matter most in your lives,” he said.

Visit the Haruka Weiser Memorial Fund website to donate.

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