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 email@example.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.
Complete Coverage: UT Homicide
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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