ALVIN, Texas – The parents of two brothers killed by a suspected drunk driver said they are being harassed by people online.
Cindy and David Barajas did not want to talk on camera. However, they told KHOU 11 News someone has threatened a drive-by shooting at the family’s home. So, the Barajas are staying somewhere else looking for support.
On Brazoria County Road 144, you can see Alvin’s love for Caleb and David Barajas, Jr. It’s printed on balloons. It’s planted with flowers. It’s written all over a football left by little league teammates.
On Sally Roman’s face, there are tears. The 13-year-old was friends with both boys.
“She even started crying because she would come over here and they would play together,” Roman said. “She’s hurt too. It really hurt a lot of us.”
Investigators said it is a drunken driving tragedy with a mysterious twist. Friday night, the Barajas’ family car ran out of gas. The boys, ages 11 and 12, were helping their dad push when a suspected drunk driver plowed into them. Caleb and David, Jr. later died.
Brazoria County Sheriff deputies said moments after the crash, witnesses calling 911 heard gunfire. The other driver, Jose Banda Jr., 20, was shot to death in his car. Investigators told us they have not yet recovered a murder weapon or identified any suspect(s). However, through numerous interviews with witnesses, detectives expect leads soon.
The Barajas’ parents told KHOU 11 News that people are attacking the family on Facebook. They said some have even accused the boys’ mother of shooting the other driver.
“I don’t know why people would think something like that or why people would try to accuse them of something when they already have two babies lost,” Roman said. “Come on. That’s not cool.”
It is why Roman and his daughter brought hand-picked flowers to the boys’ memorial. They want to show the Barajas family love.
“I just want them to know God is with them,” Roman said. “Just have faith in God and everything is going to be alright.”
Both boys were buried Wednesday afternoon.
Banda, Jr. will be buried this weekend.