The family of Maria Lucia Martinez Ramirez create a memorial to her Monday.
Mirenda Caudillo straightens the memorial for Emilee Barrera Monday.
BEEVILLE – White stones form the shapes of hearts. Crosses hold reminders that these two spots on Garfield Street are where two women were killed during a party Saturday.
The two were run over when a fight broke out about 3:30 a.m.
“It didn’t matter what happened. These two girls didn’t have to die,” said Micaela Martinez, one of those who visited the spot this week.
The two killed were Emilee Barrera, 21, who was pronounced dead once arriving at the hospital, and Maria Lucia Martinez Ramirez, 26, who died at the scene.
Martinez, the grandmother of Maria, watched as her family created this tribute, the second to go up in so many days.
“It tears you up inside,” the grandmother said. “The pain is unbearable.”
Maria’s aunt, Amanda Martinez, stood staring at the newly anchored yellow cross.
“This is unreal,” she said. “It hurts.
“I hope nobody has to go through something like that.”
Sandra Lee Martinez, Maria’s mother, stood holding a small white cross—the first marker that went up this week. Her composure collapsed quickly as she cried, “My daughter is gone. My baby.”
For the past few days, visitors have been coming to this spot.
It’s an unassuming spot in the bend of the road just west of Moreno Middle School.
Some stopped. Others would slow and turn around at the dead end.
Mirenda Caudillo was one of those who stopped to pay respects Monday.
“It is a horrible tragedy,” she said.
She knew both Maria and Emilee socially as they had similar friends.
Both, she said, were compassionate mothers who would do anything for their children.
Like so many who passed and stopped, the reality of the situation was difficult to grasp.
Detective Sgt. Greg Baron was one of the first to be called the night the two women died.
His description was one of “chaos” as 50 or more people were fighting outside in the grass.
Arriving quickly were deputies, troopers and ambulances.
“It took 15 minutes to get control of the scene,” Baron said.
Even by then, the man accused of killing the two women and injuring a third had left the scene.
Details of what transpired during the minutes before are still being sorted out.
“The suspect was involved in an altercation with another subject,” Baron said.
Monday afternoon, details of what transpired were still being told by those there that night.
Some talked about the fight. Others about the driver and the skid marks left on the roadway still visible.
Baron said that with so many people involved, it will take time to sort through the details.
A reconstruction team from the Texas Rangers is assisting in determining what happened.
This doesn’t provide the comfort so many long for.
Shortly after the investigation of the deaths, the police department issued a statement asking for patience and civility.
In an online post, the department writes, “We ask that the citizens of Beeville remain calm and let law enforcement and the judicial system do our jobs.
“Let’s not make matters worse by continuing violence.”
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5221, or at editor@mySouTex.com.