Imagine your car broke down with your entire family inside, so you and your two young sons are pushing the car when another car barrels into you -- killing your two sons, ages 11 and 12. You'd be furious. You'd be enraged. But could you be enraged enough to walk to your house, grab a gun, and then kill the driver? These are the questions swirling around one family in Alvin, Texas.
The father, David Barajas, and his sons, David, Jr. and Caleb, were all pushing the stalled truck -- which had David's wife and their two daughters inside -- when 21-year-old Jose Banda reportedly smashed into it, killing the two young boys. Police believe he may have been drunk driving -- but don't know for sure yet. But what is known for sure is that Jose Banda was then found dead at the scene -- with a bullet to the head.
The Barajas family deny they have anything to do with the man's murder -- and insist it must have happened before he hit their truck. Nevertheless, David Barajas has been arrested on murder charges.
Police say witnesses recount seeing Barajas walk to his home after the crash, and then come back and approach the other man's car. They also say they heard the sound of a gunshot after the crash. There was one shot to the man's head. The weapon hasn't been found.
The victim's aunt is furious and says that Banda didn't mean to hit the family -- it was an accident and he didn't deserve to be executed like that.
I can only imagine the shock, rage, and despair that must have engulfed Barajas after seeing his sons hit. Unfortunately, guns can make revenge killings all too easy -- if that's even what happened.
Plus, how much did Barajas really know about what caused Banda to hit his car? He could have looked drunk, but really had suffered a brain aneurysm or seizure or something else that caused him to black out and hit the family. Maybe he was drinking -- blood results have not established that yet. Of course, a bullet to the head could make a guy crash into another car. But that doesn't explain the witness accounts.
Ugh, this is a terribly tragic case. I feel for both families. And I definitely feel sympathy for David Barajas and what he must have witnessed -- and how angry he must have been. But taking the law into your own hands is never a good idea, as tempting as it may be sometimes.
What would you have done?
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