The Vermont-born star cyclist was shot dead in Texas


Anna Moriah Wilson was killed just days before a high-profile race.

A Vermont native and star cyclist was shot dead in Texas last week, just three days before she was due to compete in a high-profile race.

Anna Moriah Wilson, known simply as “Mo,” was discovered by Austin police on the evening of May 11 with multiple gunshot wounds, according to a department press release. Officers were responding to an 911 call from a friend of Wilson’s, who said she arrived at the scene and found the 25-year-old bleeding and unconscious. First responders could not save her.

An inquest found that someone had shot Wilson at the Maple Avenue apartment, and an autopsy later officially described the manner of death as a homicide, according to the publication. Detectives have identified one person of interest but their name has not been released.

Raised in East Burke, Vermont, Wilson was a rising Qqstar on the cycling scene. She had just flown from Colorado to Texas to compete in the Gravel Locos race in Hico, Velonews reported. She was one of the favorites to win.

Originally a competitive skier, Wilson graduated from Burke Mountain Academy and then Dartmouth College, VTDigger reported. She also played football in Dartmouth before working as a demand planner for bike company Specialized.

In a lengthy Q&A with Velonews just before her trip to Texas, Wilson was dubbed “the most successful woman in American off-roading.” In the interview, Wilson said she just quit her job to compete full-time.

“While the tragic loss of Moriah is unfathomable, at the same time we want everyone to join us in celebrating her life, her achievements and her love for others. Always working tirelessly to achieve her goals, we knew she was pursuing what she loved. We will miss her terribly and know everyone mourns her loss with us,” the Wilson family said in a statement. The Vermont-born star cyclist was shot dead in Texas

Rick Schindler

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