HOUSTON Police say they re not ruling anything out in the mysterious shooting death of an M.D. Anderson Cancer Center student.
Homicide detectives and the victim s family hope a reward will bring answers in the case.
This is probably one of our most difficult cases, said HPD Sgt. J.C. Padilla. It s very frustrating.
Gelareh Bagherzadeh was shot Sunday night while driving near her townhome on Augusta near Sugar Hill. Her vehicle crashed into a neighbor s garage in a townhouse development.
Bagherzadeh s purse and cell phone were still in the vehicle when her body was found slumped over the wheel Monday.
The molecular genetics technology student was known for her demonstrations for Iranian women s rights.
Investigators say they are ruling nothing out as a motive. Along with Bagherzadeh s activism, they are looking at past and present relationships.
That s one of the questions: does she have enemies? Was there anyone that had just threatened her prior to the incident? said Sgt. Padilla. We want to know about those types of things because we want to talk to anyone who may have threatened her.
Bagherzadeh s parents and brothers were visibly distraught during a Crime Stoppers news conference Wednesday.
She was really loving and sweetheart, said Ali Bagherzadeh, Gehareh s younger brother. And can t think of any reason anyone would hurt her because she s always been peaceful, and just tried to bring peace to the community and society.
She always told me never forget about people and she always tried to touch someone s life in a good way, said the brother. She always ask me why people can t be friends, why there is so much crimes, why it has to be this way.
OnWednesday night, a memorial service was held at the Second Baptist Church on Woodway and Voss in west Houston.
She was full of life, said Ima Moradi, a friend who had gone to college with Bagherzadeh. This is so devastating for all of us. It's so hard to lose such a loving person. It's not right.
Crime Stoppers on Tuesday offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and charges in the death of Bagherzadeh.
Anyone with informationabout the case is asked tocall Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).