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Murdered Oregon Native Haruka Weiser was ‘a dancer in her soul’
by Holly Hofstead - The Oregon Herald
Published on Friday April 8, 2016    6:31 AM     
 
Haruka Weiser was a theater and dance major at the University of Texas Austin. She was a graduate of a Beaverton high school for creative students.

A theater and dance freshman at the University of Texas was found dead on campus in mysterious circumstances on April 5. On April 7, a statement from the school's president, Gregory L. Fenves, confirmed the identity of the victim as 18-year-old Haruka Weiser who was originally from Portland. No arrests have been made in the crime. In his remarks, Fenves described Weiser's death as "a tragic loss for the UT community."

University of Texas staff and students will hold a vigil Thursday afternoon in honor of Haruka J. Weiser, the 18-year-old dance major who was identified as the homicide victim found at Waller Creek two days ago.

The vigil will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the university's East Mall in front of the Liberal Arts Builing, near the Winship Drama Building, where Weiser was last seen Sunday night.

Haruka Weiser
"Haruka was a very talented, high-spirited, lovely young woman and certainly was a treasured member of our school community," Johnson said. "Kids are having a tough time today."

Her younger sister is an 8th-grader at the school.

"It was evident from the start she was a dancer in her soul," department head Julane Stites said.