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Police Name Suspect in Shooting Death of Pro Cyclist Moriah Wilson

Authorities said Moriah Wilson’s death does not appear to be random and have reportedly issued an arrest warrant for a suspect.

Austin, Texas, police have charged local cyclist Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, 34, with first-degree murder in the death of fellow cyclist Moriah “Mo” Wilson. The Austin Municipal Court has issued a warrant for Armstrong’s arrest.

Wilson was 25. She died from multiple gunshot wounds she suffered inside an Austin residence on May 11. At the time, the burgeoning gravel racer was visiting the city for the Gravel Locos race. On May 18, authorities obtained a search warrant for the home, located in east Austin.

Now, the Boston Globe obtained an affidavit that says Wilson went swimming with a male cyclist in the hours before her death. Later, it said, an SUV belonging to a woman who lives with that male cyclist was seen leaving the house where Wilson was murdered. The Globe did not use the male’s name.

The affidavit said Wilson was shot multiple times with a 9mm handgun.

The male cyclist, in an interview with police the day after the murder, said he and the woman he lives with both own 9mm guns.

According to the Globe, he stated that he usually keeps at least one gun inside a case in the residence and has never shot it. He said he has two different types of ammunition, which he described as practice ammunition and “kill” ammunition.

GearJunkie’s Mark Wilson reported Kaitlin Armstrong recorded her last ride on Strava the day Wilson died.

 

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Wheelhouse Mobile, pro cyclist Colin Strickland’s trailer restoration business, lists Armstrong as his “partner and financial guru.” Velo News, which published a copy of the arrest warrant, attempted to contact Strickland via his cellphone today but received no answer.

Armstrong is charged with first-degree murder, which implies killing with premeditated, malicious intent. Per the Austin Police report, authorities do not believe an ongoing danger to the public exists in connection with the case.

The department has not reported an arrest as of this writing.

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Sam Anderson is a staff writer at GearJunkie, and several other All Gear websites.

He has been writing about climbing, cycling, running, wildlife, outdoor policy, the outdoor industry, vehicles, and more for 2 years. Prior to GearJunkie, he owned and operated his own business before freelancing at GearHungry. Based in Austin, Texas, Anderson loves to climb, boulder, road bike, trail run, and frequent local watering holes (of both varieties).