The killing of University of North Texas student Amanda Clairmont marks the first murder in the town of Corinth in 17 years. Now, investigators are beginning to reveal details in the case, as they track down the killer.
According to The Denton Record Chronicle, police found Clairmont's body in her car, parked in a vacant lot. Her death was ruled a homicide shortly thereafter and is now being investigated as such. A nearby witness claims she heard gunshots around 1AM.
“[Clairmont's car] was parked up against the fence, lights on, passenger door was opened,” police Lt. Jim Gregg told NBC5.
Clairmont's half-brother, Mike Gawlik, said that Amanda had been drinking in the area shortly before her body was discovered. Another (unnamed) witness claimed another person was present as well. Gawlik said that Clairmont was not a drinker or a drug user and couldn't imagine the situation that lead to her death: "Everything she did, she's always, always talked to me about it," he said.
"Our main goal right now is just to get justice for the family," said Corinth police Lt. Jimmie Gregg.
"Our deepest, heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends of UNT student Amanda Clairmont," UNT President Neal Smatresk said on Tuesday. "Our hearts are heavy with the news of the tragic loss of her life."
“I think it’ll give all of us some sort of comfort if they find out who did it. I just really want justice for her because she didn’t deserve this,” friend Amy Darzi said, according to the New York Post.
Police have not made any comments on the motive behind the killing and it is unclear if they have any suspects at the moment. Anyone with information is asked to call Corinth police at 940-498-2017.
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