Family and Friends Say Goodbye To El Paso Woman
POSTED: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 7:25pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 6:32pm
EL PASO- Family and friends said their goodbyes to a young El Paso woman who became a murder victim in Austin on New Year's Day.
People filled Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church on Tuesday for the funeral of 29-year-old Esme Barrera.
Araceli Villarreal, one of Esme's friends said she was a person who could light up a room with a smile.
"To say goodbye to a person who was full of life, it's disheartening," Villarreal said. "She was one of those personalities that you wouldn't forget."
Barrera was from El Paso but was living in Austin, working as a special needs teacher. She was found dead in her apartment early New Year's Day. Her death came as a shock to everyone who loved and cared for her.
"How could someone do something so brutal to someone so gentle and small? It's just sad," said Elizabeth Alvarez. "It was really tragic to hear what happened."
Friends describe Barrera as being a small person, with a very big heart.
"She was very gentle, very peaceful and really happy," Alvarez said.
"She was a joyful child to be around," said family friend Elaine Williams.
All of Esme's loved ones said they are praying for justice.
"I want justice and I believe God will give it to us," Alvarez said. "We are never going to forget Esme."
Police in Austin said they believe the person that killed Esme, may be responsible for other attacks in the area.