The family of slain University of Texas student Haruka Weiser released a statement read during a press conference on Thursday.
“Haruka, our beloved daughter, sister and friend was taken from us too soon,” the statement read. “The pain from our sudden and tragic loss is unfathomable… Words cannot express the outpouring of love we have received.”
Weiser’s body was found Tuesday morning in a creek on campus. Officials confirmed that Weiser, a first-year dance student, left the drama building on campus Sunday, April 3, between 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. She never reached her dormitory, and her roommates reported her missing at approximately 11:30 p.m., authorities said.
Her family’s statement said that Weiser was happy being a student at the university.
“Haruka was a passionate and dedicated dancer and student. She was so happy to be a student at UT,” the statement said.
The family went on to express their hope that her death might save others’ lives.
“Though Haruka loved to perform on stage, she never sought the spotlight in her daily life. As we struggle to understand why she was killed, if her death can somehow make it safer for a young woman to walk home, then her death could prevent another assault or murder.
“To her friends at UT and in her high school, we are united in prayer for Haruka and for each other. No parent, brother, sister or friend should have to face this kind of sadness, this kind of loss. And yet we have joined that family.
She would want us to keep living life to the fullest. That is what we will try to do in the coming days.
“Thank you for respecting our privacy at this time.”