There is some horrible news out of Denton, TX. A member of Zeta Tau Alpha at the University of North Texas was shot in the head as she drove some friends home following a New Year’s Eve
fraternity party. (Update: There are conflicting reports as to whether or not she was at a fraternity party.)
Sara Mutschlechner, a 20-year-old Zeta, was taken off life support Friday evening after being found lying outside of her car by the Denton Police Department around 2 a.m. early yesterday morning. Those who saw the fatal shooting claim there was a small verbal altercation before shots were fired.
Witnesses told police that a black Lexus SUV occupied by “five or six black males” drove up next to the sedan and “several words were exchanged” between people in both vehicles, Kizer said. As the two vehicles crossed the University Drive intersection, someone in the SUV fired at Mutschlechner, police said.
Mutschlechner was struck in the head, and the car hit another vehicle before crashing. The SUV fled, police said.
This is what police found when they arrived on scene.
Denton police just released this picture of 20-yr-old Sara Mutschlechner's car. She was shot while driving this a.m. pic.twitter.com/Vl7J1VRMbn
— Jason Allen (@CBS11JasonAllen) January 1, 2016
Thank you so much to everyone in our community for your support and prayers during this time. Sara was a beautiful person inside and out and this world is less bright without her. She was always kind and full of an energy that was infectious to those around her. She will be so terribly missed in our chapter, on UNT campus, and in this world. Please join us tomorrow evening for a candlelight service in her memory at 8pm in the Greek Life Center.
Thank you so much to everyone in our community for your support during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sara and her family ❤️
— North Texas ZTA (@unt_zta) January 1, 2016
Friends of Sara had nothing but good things to say about her following the news of her death.
Mutschlechner “wasn’t a typical sorority girl,” Phillips said.
She had a “wide array of friends” across campus and a wide range of interests, Phillips said. She had earned a black belt in Taekwondo and wanted to open her own martial arts gym one day, Phillips said.
“She was an artist in many ways,” Phillips said.
A candlelight vigil will be held this evening on campus. All are welcome to attend.
Tomorrow night we will be hosting a candlelight service for Sara at the Greek Life Center. It will begin at 8pm and everyone is welcome.
— North Texas ZTA (@unt_zta) January 2, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sara’s friends, family, and the sisters of UNT’s Zeta Tau Alpha chapter..
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