Gravel racing star was shot to death in East Austin earlier this week

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The woman shot to death at an East Austin residence earlier this week was a well-known gravel racer in the cycling world, according to multiple news reports.

On Saturday, the Austin Police Department identified her as 25-year-old Anna Moriah Wilson, known as “Mo.” Officers said her friend found her bleeding after returning home Wednesday night. Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene.

VeloNews reported that Wilson had traveled to Texas to prepare for Saturday’s Gravel Locos race in Hico, Texas, where he was expected to win.

The news outlet noted that over the past two seasons, Wilson was becoming a “mainstream” gravel and mountain bike racer. He recently won the Belgian Waffle Ride in San Diego earlier this month.

The race released a statement on social media about the rider’s death, saying their hearts go out to Wilson’s family.

The BWR family is devastated by the loss of such a talented and wonderful person…a dominant competitor with a big heart under her vest. The world of cycling, and the gravel community in particular, has suffered a tremendous loss.

Belgian waffle ride

Wilson wrote about his Belgian Waffle Ride experience on social media on May 3, saying, “I had the time of my life pushing myself on what is undoubtedly one of the toughest courses.”

The shooting took place Wednesday in the 1700 block of Maple Ave. That’s near Chestnut Avenue and East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

APD said that just before 10 p.m., officers responded after a woman called 911 saying she returned home to find her friend bleeding and unconscious.

Investigators arrived to find that Wilson had been shot multiple times. First responders tried to save his life, but he died from his injuries, APD said. Autopsy results determined the manner of death to be homicide.

APD believes someone shot Wilson inside the home and that “it does not appear to be a random act.” He has identified a person of interest.

Anyone with details or video of the shooting can call APD Homicide at (512) 974-TIPS or email the unit at [email protected]

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