Dartmouth alumna who became cyclist shot to death in Texas

Published: 5/16/2022 9:55:44 PM
Modified: 5/16/2022 9:53:57 PM

A woman who grew up in East Burke and spent years ski racing and training on Vermont’s mountains before becoming a rising star cyclist was shot and killed last week in Texas.

Anna Moriah Wilson, 25, was in Texas ahead of a gravel cycling event “where she was a favorite for the win on Saturday,” VeloNews reported.

Wilson, known to those close to her as “Mo,” graduated from Burke Mountain Academy and Dartmouth College. She moved from skiing to cycling and was becoming a force in gravel and mountain bike racing, according to the VeloNews report.

“As a dedicated student, compassionate friend to all, and a courageous athlete, she exemplified the values that our school hopes to inspire in every student,” Willy Brooks, the academy’s head of school, said in a statement.

“Moriah was an inspiration to our community,” the statement added, “and her death at a moment when her athletic star seemed so assuredly ascendant only amplifies the deep sense of loss associated with a beautiful life that ended far too early.”

Austin police, in a news release, said they responded to an emergency call around 10 p.m. on May 11 at an apartment in East Austin. A woman calling 911 reported that she had returned home and found her friend, Wilson, unconscious, the release stated.

Wilson had been shot multiple times, according to the release, and died at the scene despite life-saving measures by emergency medical personnel. Police have termed Wilson’s death a homicide.

Detectives have said the shooting was not random and that they have identified a “person of interest.” Austin police could not be reached Monday for additional information.

The Wilson family, in a statement, asked for privacy and thanked people for the love and support offered.

“While the tragic loss of Moriah is unfathomable, at the same time, we want everyone to join us in celebrating her life, accomplishments, and love for others,” the statement read. “Always pushing tirelessly to reach her goals, we knew she was pursuing that which she loved. We will miss her terribly and know that all mourn her with us.”

News of Wilson’s death sent the cycling community into mourning, with many friends and competitors offering remembrances.

Rebecca Rusch, a cyclist and endurance athlete, took to Twitter, writing, “Broken heart and spirit for the loss of this beautiful, grounded young woman who was so full of light and energy. She was exceptional in every way.”

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