U.S. Gravel Star "Mo" Wilson shot and killed in Austin, Texas
Austin police are investigating the killing of 25 year old, Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said.
Investigators arrived and found Wilson had been shot multiple times. First responders tried to save her life, but she died from her injuries, APD said. Autopsy results determined the manner of death to be homicide.
Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene.
The U.S. rider has risen to prominence in the North American gravel scene with several big results over the last few years. Wilson recently had become a full-time biker. In 2021, she was second at the iconic Leadville 100 marathon mountain bike race. Wilson started 2022 with a win at the Fuego 80k, the first event in the Life Time Grand Prix series, at Sea Otter one month ago.
Several other wins, at Big Sugar Gravel and the Belgian Waffle Ride, cemented Wilson’s status as one of the top off-road racers in the country.
APD believes someone shot Wilson inside the home, and that it “does not appear to be a random act.”
A person of interest has been identified.
Online tributes to Wilson are pouring out from riders and race organizers from all corners of the U.S. race scene.