Vigil held for UNT student shot to death on New Year's Eve

Friends of Sara Mutschlechner say learning their friend had been murdered wasn't easy, especially while away on winter break. That's why a vigil was held Saturday night.

An estimated 300 people met in front of UNT's Greek Life Center to honor the 20-year-old's life. Mutschlechner was studying radio, television and film with hopes of one day making movies.

The dean of students announced the UNT flag will be flown at half staff for seven days, then presented to Mutschlechner's family. Her sorority sisters presented the family with the Zeta Lady Certificate, an honor for members.

Friends remembered her infectious smile and love for people.

An online fundraising campaign is now underway.

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Denton Police say a 20-year-old University of North Texas student has died after being taken off life support following a shooting overnight.

Sara Mutschlechner was driving along North Elm Street around 2 a.m. Friday when a black Toyota or Lexus SUV pulled up next to her. Words were exchanged and someone in the SUV opened fire, police said.

Mutschlechner was shot in the head. She lost control of her car and crashed into a nearby electrical pole.

Witnesses told police there were five or six young black men in the SUV, which drove off. They recognized at least two of them from a big New Year’s Eve party on Crisoforo Drive.

Police encourage anyone with information about the party, the shooting or the SUV to call Investigator Eric Beckwith at 940-349-7974 or email

Friends said Mutschlechner was acting as their designated driver for New Year’s Eve.

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