Community walks along final path of Haruka Weiser


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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