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25-year-old Anna Moriah “Mo” Wilson, a professional cyclist in Texas and Dartmouth College graduate, was murdered in connection with a romantic dispute, according to police in Austin, Texas.
The U.S. Marshals Service are pursuing a woman in connection to the homicide. Another cyclist named Kaitlin Marie Armstrong is wanted on a charge of first-degree murder in the death.
Police are investigating an apparent love triangle involving the pair as well as a third cyclist named Colin Strickland.
Court documents allege that Strickland has been involved in a romantic relationship with Armstrong for three years.
NEW: Austin professional cyclist Colin Strickland has just released a statement about the murder of cyclist Moriah Wilson, clarifying his relationship with her and expressing “torture about my proximity to this horrible crime.” pic.twitter.com/KnIna3mWrE
— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) May 20, 2022
The warrant charges Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, 34, of Austin, with murder in connection with the slaying of Wilson, who was shot multiple times, according to legal filings. https://t.co/EXIN7h72SJ
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) May 20, 2022
When Elite athlete Anna Moriah ‘Mo’ Wilson was found dead a day after flying into Austin to compete in a 150-mile race she was favored to win, it left the cycling world in shock. https://t.co/JNVAGbspNA
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) May 20, 2022
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When the couple briefly broke up in 2021, Strickland began a relationship with Wilson, only to seemingly reconcile with Armstrong later. Police believe both the suspect and the victim were under the impression they were dating Strickland at the time of Wilson’s death.
Strickland claims that he was only in a “professional and platonic” relationship with Wilson after the two ended a brief romantic relationship in October, according to a statement.
However, according to a charging affidavit a friend of Wilson, who was identified by a pseudonym, told investigators Wilson and Strickland were in an “on again, off again,” relationship. A text from Wilson to Strickland included in the affidavit shows her seeking clarity on whether they were only “friends.”
According to the same document, surveillance camera footage shows a Jeep Cherokee belonging to Armstrong arriving at a home Wilson was staying at on May 11. Wilson and Strickland had met up earlier that day.
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A friend found Wilson dead from multiple gunshot wounds later that evening.