“It’s things that haunt you, the last words she ever spoke," Bob Nuelle said.
Nuelle still is struggling with the reality that his daughter, who loved Star Wars and Harry Potter, is gone.
“I think 2020 is the year we get a name," Nuelle said.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is now saying Barraza could be heard saying "Good morning” to her killer before the cold-blooded shooting in the driveway of her Tomball home in January 2019. Surveillance video shows someone walking up to the garage sale and opening fire.
“It tells me she didn’t know who it was," Nuelle said.
The conversation was muffled, but it was recorded on a home surveillance camera for a few seconds before Barraza was shot.
“She probably assumed they were a garage sale customer," Nuelle said. “She sounds like herself. Just like a very happy, cheery, 'Good morning.'"
The article also dives into a theory that the killer wasn’t working alone. Surveillance footage shows a Nissan Frontier truck coming back by the house after the shooting, investigators said they think it was to make sure the job was done.
“Them circling back and driving back by the house, literally a few moments later is proof there’s something bigger at work here," Nuelle said.
What makes the case even more puzzling is the work Barraza and her husband were known for. Among other things, they were known to make hospital visits with the 501st Legion, a nonprofit organization.
“Somebody that knows something, their circumstances may have changed," he said. “Certainly, with this pandemic, there’s a lot of folks that $20,000 would be a life-changing amount of money."
Also new, investigators were able to identify a decal on the suspect’s truck. It’s a 2013 (or newer) black, four-door Nissan Frontier with a PRO-4X sticker.
There’s also a new investigator on the case because the previous one was promoted. The family says they’re thankful to have the resources of both men.
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