Woman's body found in creek on University of Texas campus in Austin

Murder investigation at University of Texas
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  • The student found dead was Haruka Weiser, a freshman studying theater and dance
  • Her body was found in a creek that runs through campus

(CNN)Police in Austin, Texas, are investigating the case of a woman's body found in a creek on the University of Texas campus as a homicide, officials said Tuesday.

"Our home has been violated," University President Gregory L. Fenves said at a news briefing. "Our hearts go out to the victim and her family, and we will be investigating this very actively."
    The woman's cause of death was not yet known, said Capt. Don Verett of the University of Texas Police Department.
    The body was found about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday near the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center and not far from the school's football stadium, officials said.
    Campus and city police are looking into the death of the woman, who was identified Thursday as Haruka Weiser.
    According to a statement from Fenves, Weiser was a freshman studying theater and dance who was "liked and admired by her classmates and respected by professors for her intelligence and spirit."
    "The unthinkable brutality against Haruka is an attack on our entire family," the university president said. "Law enforcement is fully engaged to do everything to bring the perpetrator who committed this crime to justice."
    Fenves earlier told reporters that the campus, which is used by 50,000 students and 14,000 faculty members, will have increased police patrols but otherwise will operate as normal, with regular classes and events.
    University officials said counseling services are available for students.