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Brownfield neighborhood in disbelief after weekend murder, suicide

Published: Dec. 12, 2016 at 4:18 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 12, 2016 at 4:38 AM CST
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BROWNFIELD, TX (KCBD) - A Brownfield community is in disbelief after a murder suicide that cost the life of two neighbors Saturday afternoon in the 400 block of E. Lake Street.

It happened around 2:00 p.m., when police found 68-year-old Uriel Garza had shot and killed his wife, Veronica, in the backyard of their home.

Garza then turned the gun on himself.

"I just know that we heard the gunshots," said a nearby neighborhood resident, Carolyn Ortega.

As a mother of four, Ortega was scared for her children.

"My heart dropped because I didn't know what was going on," she said.

That is when Ortega ran to her vehicle.

"We went by to see what was going on and we saw some of his boys running from the house crying and screaming so we pulled over," she said.

The commotion came from the Garza's house, which is a little more than a block away from her home.

"Then when we heard another neighbor, their neighbors say what was going on," Ortega said. "It was just, you couldn't believe it."

Then, Ortega heard more gunshots.

"We knew it was just silence after that," she said. "When the cops came back to the front, it was just silence."

That silence carried on into the night, when Ortega said their community learned of the losses.

"I mean, this is a good neighborhood," Ortega said. "Nothing happens. The most is a car speeding down the street…but for this to happen? It's sad."

Ortega knew Garza. He was her husband's friend, and like police even said, they knew of no domestic disturbances at the Garza home.

"They showed no violence," she said. "They were really, really nice people. Just shows you, you know, sometimes things do happen without [you] knowing."

A day after the tragedy, flower memorials hang on the fence in front of the Garza home.

"My condolences for ya'll," Ortega said. "You know, I'm so sad things had to happen this way. You know, nobody ever knows what happens. Just every day, say 'I love you' to your parents and your kids and your family…because you never know what is going to happen."

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