US Marine held in road rage shooting of student over sexual comments

Eric Johnson and Sara Mutschlechner (Image Source: Denton Police Department and Sara Mutschlechner Facebook)
Eric Johnson and Sara Mutschlechner (Image Source: Denton Police Department and Sara Mutschlechner Facebook)

Police have arrested an active duty US Marine in the road rage killing that occurred on New Year’s Eve. Cpl Eric Johnson, of Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1, was arrested by police at his duty station in Yuma, AZ over an incident that took place in Denton, TX. Police say that Johnson was in a black SUV that approached the car of Sara Mutschlechner, 20, while at a stoplight and began making sexual comments about her and a female passenger. It is reported that Mutschlechner and her two male passengers engaged in a heated exchange with the Marine.

Flyer from New Year's Eve Party (image Source: Denton Police Department)
Flyer from New Year’s Eve Party (image Source: Denton Police Department)

A short time later, the SUV followed Mutschlechner and fired into the car hitting her in the head and causing the car to crash, injuring her passengers. All involved were at a rap music house party that featured hardcore lyrics, alcohol and rowdy behavior. Mutschlechner was transported to a hospital where she died a short time later. Her parents and fellow students at the University of North Texas are saddened and outraged over the senseless killing. Mutschlechner was a sorority member of Zeta Tau Alpha and was well liked on the campus. Johnson now faces extradition back to Texas for the shooting.

Mo Barnes
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Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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