Friends: Haruka Weiser was ‘the most beautiful person’

"She was going to do the most incredible things"

Haruka Weiser seen with her friends in a prom photo. (Courtesy photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Six of Haruka Weiser’s closest friends described her as authentic, strong, loving and talented as they honored her memory Sunday, days after she was killed on the University of Texas Austin campus.

Lily Summer, Amelia Carroll, Delphine Chang, Madisyn Lane, Jade Sentker and Marina Neal reflected on the time they spent with Weiser, a friend they all said they were lucky to have in their lives.

Friends described Haruka Weiser as a talented dancer who continues to inspire them. (Courtesy photo)
Friends described Haruka Weiser as a talented dancer who continues to inspire them. (Courtesy photo)

“She was one of those rare friendships that I feel like a lot of people don’t get to have,” Chang said. “She has been my inspiration… She was such an amazing person and I’m lucky enough to have spent time with her.”

Weiser was a first-year theatre and dance student at UT Austin. She previously studied at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton.

“It was evident from the start she was a dancer in her soul,” ACMA department head Julane Stites said.

And her friends agreed, describing her performances and natural talent as beautiful and inspiring.

“Even if she didn’t have a big part, your eye was still drawn to her,” Chang said.

Although Weiser was described as a natural performer, her friends said she didn’t seek out the spotlight in her daily life. They called her a humble dancer who fell in love with the art every time she took the stage.

“I had no idea… that she was even as talented as she was because she didn’t say anything about it at all,” Lane said. “She’s the most humble person we know.”

Weiser’s passionate spirit for dance translated in other parts of her life. Her friends looked back on their adventures together, calling Weiser a leader who always had something unique and fun planned for them to do.

“She fully invested herself in everything she did, whether it was baking or cooking or taking someone to the airport or being there for her younger siblings,” Carroll said. “She was just a phenomenal human being in how present she was in everything.”

Recently, Weiser’s friends said she became interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. She was looking forward to interning at a hospital this summer.

“I don’t know if she would have chosen to pursue that or dance, or both, but whatever she would have done she would have done amazingly,” Chang said.

The group expressed gratitude for the strong sense of community they felt in the wake of Weiser’s death. Still, they said, nothing could prepare them for such a senseless tragedy. Aside from grief, they said they also felt angry about the situation.

Four of Haruka Weiser's friends got matching tattoos in her honor. (KOIN)
Four of Haruka Weiser’s friends got matching tattoos in her honor. (KOIN)

Four of the girls who graduated high school with Weiser recently decided to get matching tattoos in her honor.

“Everybody feels helpless… we were just thinking of the best way to remember her,” Sentker explained.

The pentagon tattoos on their ankles represent the 5 friends, including Weiser, who graduated together. They are also reminiscent of home or home base.

Weiser’s friends read her senior quote from high school:

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – Winnie the Pooh

 

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