Families of victims of the rampant shooting mourn outside a South Austin home
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Sobs of grief can be heard outside the South Austin home where two people were shot and killed Tuesday. Their families gathered to pray and reflect just 24 hours after those fatal shots were heard.
A man and woman were shot and killed outside a home in the 1700 block of Shadywood Drive on Tuesday, according to the Austin Police Department.
On Wednesday, police identified the man as 32-year-old Emmanuel Bob Ba. The woman has been identified as 24-year-old Sabrina Rahman.
Police said Wednesday that Shane James, 34, is the suspect in that homicide, a double homicide in Bexar County, as well as the shootings of an Austin Independent School District officer and a Bexar County police officer.
However, nearly a dozen family members of the shooting victim, later identified as Pa, cordoned off the site where he was killed Wednesday afternoon. They clung to each other, praying through tears over a bouquet of orange flowers in a vase on the sidewalk outside the house.
A man there identified himself as Mario Gabriel Cass, the male victim’s brother. He said his younger brother was doing manual labor at home and was taking his lunch break outside when he was shot.
“This loss is very painful,” Cass said in translated Spanish.
He said his brother was a hard worker and “never took a day off.” He said his brother would have turned 33 later this month if his life had not ended so suddenly.
Throughout the day, several members of the woman’s family, later identified as Rahman, were in and out of the house. From time to time take out some personal belongings and sit in silence with candles and flowers in remembrance.
Neighbor Karen Koski has lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years, and said Rahman just moved into the house this week. She said other neighbors who were in the home at the time reported that the male victim had been shot first and that the victim was running to help when she was hit.
She said she’s concerned about potential future tragedies like this happening in the neighborhood, and that the families left behind get the closure they desperately need.
“There’s definitely some kind of PTSD. What could happen? I don’t think it would happen again, but I mean it seemed so random. It’s sad,” Koski said.