Tuesday, January 5, 2016
A black Marine has been arrested for murdering a 20-year-old sorority sister after harassing her and her friends on New Year's Eve
Eric Johnson, of Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1, was arrested at his air base in Yuma, Arizona, five days after University of North Texas student Sara Mutschlechner was fatally shot in the head as she drove three friends home from a party. Shots were fired from a black SUV that pulled up beside her as she was driving through Denton, Texas, in the early hours of New Year's Day 2016. Sara's group had been at a nearby party on Crisoforo Drive which hosted a number of musicians, including local rap collective The Daytona Boyz. They left shortly before 2am. Johnson, whose street name is "Santana Sage", was also at the party. He left at around the same time with two of the Dayonta Boyz - known as Tay-K and F***PimpyZ - and two other African American males in a black SUV. Both vehicles were driving through Denton when Johnson's black SUV pulled up alongside Sara's sedan. Members of Johnson's group started shouting that they wanted to "f***" the two girls in the car. One of Sara's two male friends hit back that the comments were inappropriate. One of the black men in the SUV told him that he would "beat his ass" and another said, "I'll shoot your ass", and displayed a handgun. Sara's party did not make derogatory comments in response and drove off. But as they went through the intersection at West University Drive, shots were fired from the SUV and Sara was hit in the head. The 20-year-old immediately lost control of her sedan, veered to the right into a parked car then crashed into an electrical pole. She was taken to hospital and treated for her wounds but died later on New Year's Day 2016.