Campus Messages and Resources on Haruka Weiser Tragedy

Editor's Note: This page was updated during the initial investigation. For information on campus safety and security, visit besafe.utexas.edu.

The following are statements from University of Texas at Austin President Gregory L. Fenves sent to campus regarding the death of UT Austin student Haruka Weiser. 

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Messages from President Fenves


April 11, 2016
Honoring Haruka's Memory

Dear UT Community,
In ways large and small, many of you have sought to honor Haruka Weiser’s life and memory during the past few days…

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April 8, 2016
A Message From Haruka's Family

Dear UT Community,
I offer my deep appreciation to Austin police, University of Texas police and the Department of Public Safety for their rapid work in apprehending a suspect in the brutal murder of Haruka Weiser. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo announced the arrest this morning…

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April 8, 2016
Developments in Homicide Investigation

Dear UT Community,
You may see media reports about developments into the investigation of Haruka Weiser’s murder.
I will address the media later this morning but at this moment, we are not at a point in the investigation at which I can discuss details…

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April 7, 2016
A Loss for Our Community

Dear UT Community,
With great sadness, I have just learned from the Austin Police Department that Haruka Weiser, a first-year Theatre and Dance student, has been tentatively identified as the victim of this week’s homicide on campus…

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April 6, 2016
Law Enforcement Continues Homicide Investigation

Dear UT Community,
I wish we had more information to share at this time about the tragedy on campus this week. Law enforcement agencies are actively engaged in the investigation but cannot yet release details that would compromise their efforts…

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April 6, 2016
Safety on Our Campus 

Dear UT Community,
This is a difficult time for our community. There is a lot of justified anxiety, and I want to let you know that law enforcement is working hard to investigate this week’s homicide while campus leadership is actively addressing safety at UT Austin…

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April 5, 2016
Statement on Body Found on Campus

Dear UT Community,
Today, we are dealing with a tragedy on campus. University police have discovered a body in Waller Creek behind the alumni center and are investigating a possible homicide…

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Watch the video of UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves, The University of Texas at Austin Police Department, and the Austin Police Department giving an update at 10:30 a.m. on April 8. 


Watch Video of Update at 1 p.m. on April 7

Read Statement from Family of Haruka Weiser

Read Statement on Counseling Resources Available to Students

Visit BE SAFE Campus Safety Website

Contact Austin Police Department Public Information Office

Give to the Haruka Weiser Memorial Fund