New Leads In A Nearly Two Decade Old Lubbock Murder Case - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/13/08

New Leads In A Nearly Two Decade Old Lubbock Murder Case

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There are new clues in a nearly two-decade-old murder case, which may help Lubbock Police catch a killer.

Barbara Jean Hinojosa was found stabbed to death in her East Lubbock home October 12, 1991. At the time, detectives followed a number of leads, but eventually the case went cold. But police say recently they have developed new leads in the case. 

"It's been a lot of years gone by, it's just hard to forget," Alice Kerr Barbara's mother said.

Nearly 17 years ago to the day, Eugene Kerr, Barbara's dad, picked up the phone at the Kerr's shop, to hear a parent's worst nightmare. Their daughter had been murdered.

"I was here at the store and I didn't know. My husband would not tell me who it was until we were almost there. He said it was Barbara. I just couldn't believe it," Alice Kerr said.

October 11, 1991 was a Friday night. Kerr says Barbara had gone to play bingo with her aunts. "The next morning she was going to go to the city to do a little work and that was gonna be a Saturday," Kerr said.

Barbara worked for the City of Lubbock, helping low-income families. She never made it to the office that Saturday morning.

"She was stabbed and supposedly she was chocked with a hanger," Kerr said.  At the time, policed believed Barbara had arrived at her home in the 200 block of East 37th street and possibly surprised an intruder who stabbed her several times.

Monday, Detective Brandon Price thumbs through files detailing that fateful night. "Make sure we look at every clue, that's going to help solve the case," Price said. Price cannot comment on who found Barbara, only that her case is no longer cold.

It was reported Barbara's husband found her on October 12 when he arrived home from visiting relatives.

"Around 1991 or 1992 a female called in and provided a tip through Crime Line she advised she would call back with more information and never called back," Price said.

Since then Price says more information about her death has filled this box. And earlier this year, Price says another clue surfaced. "The last time I was following a real solid lead was about June or July," Price said.

Still after all this time tears fill up Kerr's eyes, as she remembers her daughter whose life was cut short at just 32-years old.  "I just pray that she rests in peace. I would like to have closure one of these days. I just hope that somebody who knows something about it would come forward," Kerr said.

If you have any information about this case, you're urged to call Crime Line at 741-1000. Remember you can remain anonymous.

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