Amanda Clairmont (21) posted the above image to her brand new Instagram account on November 10th, 2017. At the time, Amanda was a senior at the University of North Texas and an aspiring makeup artist. She created this Instagram account in hopes of showcasing some of her work in both makeup and photography. Amanda captioned the above photograph with, “Hello Beautiful people!! I️ am a makeup artist in the DFW area just wanting to share my work with the world. Follow my account to see my art and contact me if you need a top notch makeup artist.” By all accounts, she appeared enthusiastic about her future and was taking all the right steps in order to get her work out there. Unfortunately, Amanda never got the chance to fully advance her career. Nine days after she posted this image, on November 19th, 2017, Amanda was brutally murdered in a vacant parking lot in Corinth, Texas.
Amanda’s murder is the first murder in the town of Corinth in 17 years. The rural community was shocked by her death and very few details have been released about the investigation. Amanda’s half-brother Mike Gawlik stated that on the night of her death, Amanda was drinking at a place not far from where her body was later found. However, Mike said that Amanda was not a big drinker or a drug user, and he has no idea how she ended up dead in that parking lot. This was unusual for the two siblings, who were very close and told each other everything. Mike told reporters, “Everything she did, she’s always, always talked to me about it.”
Still, Mike cannot explain what happened to Amanda after midnight on November 19th. Around 1am, a witness near the parking lot called the police to report hearing multiple gunshots in the area. Police who responded went to the parking lot and found Amanda’s car parked up against a fence with the lights on and the passenger door opened. Inside the car, police found Amanda’s body. She had been shot multiple times.
Another unnamed witness apparently told investigators that another person was present at the scene when Amanda was shot, but that person fled before the police arrived. Investigators have not revealed whether or not this has been confirmed, nor have they made any comments on the motive behind the killing. At this time, it is unclear if they have a suspect in the case, which remains open. Anyone with information is asked to call Corinth police at 940-498-2017.