AUSTIN, TX - As the University of Texas community mourns the slaying of 18-year-old freshmen dance student Haruka Weiser, Austin Police have now charged a homeless teen with murder.
"Meechiael Criner has been booked into the Travis County Jail for a charge of murder which is a first-degree felony," Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo announced.
Police believe 17-year-old Criner was the person in surveillance video pushing a woman's bike across campus the night Weiser went missing.
The video also showed the suspect was carrying a duffel bag that possibly belonged to Weiser.
Authorities say a tip from local firefighters helped track down Criner at a local homeless shelter.
"And obviously as the investigation continues we anticipate there will be further charges," Acevedo continued.
But authorities say they still don't have a motive for the killing.
The police chief said Weiser's mom told him to thank everyone who helped in the investigation. "But also please tell them to take care of themselves...and go home and hug your children, not once but twice," Acevedo shared.
A student vigil was held on campus for Weiser on Thursday night.
"My heart breaks and just continually goes out to her family and friends and faculty and everyone that was effected by her life, and her grace, and just the happiness that she spread," one student expressed.
Weiser's family in Oregon issued a statement saying, "We will forever miss her. The pain of our sudden and tragic loss is unfathomable."