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Verona native found slain in Texas

Austin police have suspect in custody

VERONA, Wis. - A Verona native was found slain Sunday in her apartment in Austin, Texas.

Police found the body of Cassandra E. Clark, 26, in her apartment. She had suffered "obvious trauma to her body," according to an Austin Police Department incident report.

Police said the suspect, Ryan Kyle Clarke, 27, who was apparently dating the victim, slit his wrists at a park several hours after Clark was slain, according to an Austin American-Statesman report.

A sheriff's deputy found Clarke slumped over in his vehicle with his lap covered in blood, and a knife in his right hand, according to the Austin American-Statesman report. Clarke was taken to Seton Medical Center Williamson.

Austin police said a social worker at the hospital called 911 on Sunday at the request of Clarke, to report that Clarke had injured someone the previous day at the Lantana Ridge Apartments.

The Austin Police Department sent officers to the apartment, where they entered and found Clark dead, according to an Austin Police Department incident report.

Police said Clarke has been arrested on a murder charge and is in custody the Travis County Jail with bond is set at $100,000.

According to her obituary, Clark was a 2004 graduate of Verona High School. She graduated cum laude from Edgewood College in 2008, with a degree in clinical psychology and Spanish. In 2009, she moved to Austin, Texas, to pursue her career. She was currently working as a financial aid officer with the MBA program for the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Ryan Funeral Home, Verona Chapel, 220 Enterprise Drive. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Verona Cemetery.

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