It was a scene not uncommon to many of us, and those of us who have been there know what it's like. Your car breaks down for whatever reason and you steer to one side of the road and push. Hopefully you're not alone, or too far from home. But, either way it can be both a frustrating & embarrassing ordeal. What makes this story different is the fact that it ended in gun violence.
David Barajas, 31, was charged with murder in the shooting death of Jose Banda, 21. The tragedy unfolded just after 11pm when the Barajas’ family car ran out of gas along County Road 144 about 30 miles from Houston.
Caleb and David were helping push their father’s stalled truck when a car driven by 21-year-old Jose Banda slammed into the vehicle from behind. Barajas' sons David Jr. 12, died at the scene and Caleb, 11 died in the hospital hours later. Banda was found dead of a gunshot wound at the scene.
Last Friday Barajas was charged with murder after turning himself in, and is being held on $450,000 bail.
We all make mistakes. It is a tired cliché of last resort for those looking to offer absolution, or find it. But, there are some mistakes that can never be taken back. There is no reset button, there is no do-over, and no rewind. Bad decisions are made in haste, actions are taken without considering the consequences, and lives are lost forever. Jose Banda decided to drive under the influence, and David Barajas decided to execute Banda in a fit of rage. As a result, 4 lives were lost due to bad decisions, poor choices, and a lack of self control.