Wilson family mourns the loss of their “beautiful daughter and sister,” who excelled as a biker and skier. Moriah was talented, kind and caring young female. Her life was taken from her before she had the opportunity to achieve everything she dreamed of. of” family said.
That’s what we are know so far about Wilson, why the police think she could have been targeted, and her short-lived success in emerging sport of gravel racing.
Wilson was star skier in her younger years, but has recently become a high-level cyclist. She excelled particularly at “gravel racing”, relatively new category of bike that sits in a hybrid middle ground between road cycling and mountain biking.
“This race was first time in my career (I can call it’s a career for the moment) that I really felt like I had a goal on my backshe wrote. – I was nervous? Hell yes! But more than anything I was excited about.”
At that time of her death wilson was just days from participation in bike Gravel Locos race. The day after the race event the organizer remembered her on Facebook like “role model a shy compassionate individual, energetic tactical racer and competitor who genuinely cared for those who competed against you.”
Wilson recently moved back her home state of Vermont. While growing up, she was an unsurpassed athlete, skiing in winter and mountain biking in summer. Her father Eric Wilson skiing for The US National Ski Federation team and her aunt Laura was an Olympic skier, she told VeloNews.
After college, she switched from skiing to cycling.
“Growing up in northeastern kingdom of Vermont, she spent a lot hours on Kingdom paths that develop her skills and biker strength,” the obituary read. “After graduating from Dartmouth, Moriah shifted gears and continued to pursue her athletic dreams as an elite cyclist.”
Outside of sports, she liked “cooking, writing, and traveling,” she says, adding: “She especially loved Italy, tacos on Tuesdays, maple cream and playing Catan with her friends.”
How was the shooting
On May 11, Wilson was shot multiple times. times while staying with a friend home in Austin ahead of gravel locomotives race in Hiko, according to arrest filed affidavit in Travis County District Court.
Both women was recently in romantic relationship with the same person – professional cyclist Colin Strickland – and messages and interviews with According to the sworn testimony, the tipsters suggest that jealousy could be a potential motive.
In a day of in killing, Wilson told a friend that she was going for afternoon swim with Strickland, testimony says — detail confirmed by Strickland in interview with police. After that, they had dinner together, and then he left her. off at her friend’s homeStrickland said. He didn’t go inside.
Austin police responded to home later that evening, just before 10:00 p.m. PT, and found Wilson with multiple gunshot wounds. She was spoken dead on the stage.
The police issued a warrant for the murder on May 17 for Armstrong. Affidavit for her arrest points in parts of the video surveillance obtained by the investigators, who shows a vehicle near her home shortly before Wilson body was found.
In addition, investigators compared ballistics with the scene. with those of bullets test- fired from a firearm that Strickland recently bought for Armstrong, and “the potential for the same firearms to be involved is significant”, document says.
According to an affidavit, Strickland told police he had no contact with him. with Armstrong since May 13th.
Within 24 hours of Wilson’s death, officers from the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force apprehended Armstrong. in connection with unrelated arrest warrant and spoke to her. However, Austin police said they then learned about Armstrong. arrest the warrant is invalid and she was told she could leave.
Armstrong asked to finish the interview and left after the detectives started arguing with her about security camera the video that placed her car near crime the scene of the incident, the statement said.
Wilson had past attitude with guy suspect
“There is no way to adequately express the regret and anguish I feel about my proximity to this terrible crimeStrickland told the paper. I’m so sorry and I just can’t understand of this inconceivable situation.”
Tipster quoted in statement who the alleged Armstrong concluded that Strickland and Wilson’s romantic relationship continued because of January 2022 Strickland admitted to trying to hide his messages. with Wilson from Armstrong, changing Wilson’s name in his phone number and deletion of texts, affidavits says.
Armstrong contacted Wilson several times. times and in one the instance told her to “stay away” from Strickland, one of According to the affidavit, Wilson’s friends told investigators about it.
Wilson was not in any romantic relationship at the time of her death family said in statement.
“While we will not go into detail about the ongoing investigation, we feel it is important to clarify that at the time of her death those close to her clearly understood directly from Moriah that she was not in romantic relationship with anyone” family said.