Those who treasured Anna Moriah “Mo” Wilson gathered to celebrate her too-short, but purposeful and accomplished life on Sunday at her alma mater, Burke Mountain Academy. The 26-year-old elite gravel cyclist had risen to the top of the sport in a short time. She was born here and raised in Kirby by her parents, Eric and Karen, with her younger brother, Matt. They have begun a foundation that has garnered over $125,000 thus far to benefit local causes in Moriah’s memory. The goal for the foundation was raised in recent days to $250,000. Mourners who came to the Northeast Kingdom to say farewell to Moriah gathered on Saturday afternoon at a place called Heaven’s Bench on Darling Hill Road, part of the Kingdom Trails network on which she had grown up riding with her family and friends. That was the spot where friends and family gathered on her 26th birthday, just a few days after Moriah was tragically slain in Austin, Texas, where she had traveled to compete in the Gravel Locos bike race. Authorities have alleged that the girlfriend of a fellow elite cyclist with whom Moriah had earlier had a brief relationship, shot and killed her, and is still on the lam. On behalf of the Wilson family, Darrell Gray welcomed those gathered to offer their reflections on Moriah’s life, and the positive impact she had on them. He said he hoped, as in any celebration, to hear some laughter and see some smiling faces. He said the number of alumni who returned to say farewell to Moriah brought joy to the school community that is hurting so deeply.
- Anglers can fish for free without a license in Vermont’s lakes and streams during the state’s annual Free Fishing Day on Saturday
- A ferry that runs between Burlington, Vermont, and Port Kent, New York, is closed for a third season