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(AUSTIN, Texas) — Hundreds gathered at a vigil Thursday at the University of Texas at Austin to honor first-year dance student Haruka Weiser, whose death has shocked the campus.

Weiser, 18, was last seen leaving a university drama building Sunday night. Her body was discovered in a campus creek Tuesday.

The crowd that gathered Thursday evening on UT’s East Mall held a moment of silence, then heard speeches from students, administrators and faculty members.

Organizers distributed black ribbons and note cards for writing messages. Grief counselors also attended.

Following the gathering, the UT Austin Tower darkened in remembrance of Weiser.

Tonight, we’re darkening the Tower to honor the life of beloved student Haruka Weiser: https://t.co/tIzHGwdnaX pic.twitter.com/0qrOHUXQ5x

— UT Austin (@UTAustin) April 7, 2016

Police have released surveillance video of a man they say is a suspect in the case. An autopsy showed Weiser was assaulted, but authorities have not shared details of how she died.

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