A year after her son was fatally shot as he drove into the Home Depot parking lot on Meadowview Road, Sandra Rose still wants to know who fired the shots and why.
“How you could shoot someone and just keep going …” Rose said, her voice trailing off.
She, along with family, friends and police, including Brian DeDonder, the lead investigator in the case, gathered Tuesday evening for a vigil in memory of 20-year-old Anthony Barajas.
Rose said Barajas and his 19-year-old brother had gone to Home Depot to pick up 10 bags of mulch she had ordered. It was about 11:20 a.m. on a Sunday morning, and as they turned into the parking lot, she said, shots were fired into the truck from a car passing on Meadowview Road. Sacramento Fire Department personnel responded and Anthony Barajas was rushed to the hospital, where he died of his gunshot wound. Rose said a bullet struck her younger son in the finger, but the far greater trauma was seeing his brother die.
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Rose has been in touch with police throughout the year, trying to keep the case before the public and to come up with ways to elicit information that might lead to the arrest of her son’s killer.
Barajas loved his truck, and Rose said she has distributed fliers to body shops in the area. She also is applying to the Governor’s Reward program, which provides reward money for information leading to arrests and convictions in unsolved homicide cases. Petitions in support of the reward application were circulated during the vigil.
Sgt. Bryce Heinlein, Sacramento police spokesman, said investigators have no leads in the case except for surveillance photos of the car – described as a Crown Victoria or Buick – from which the shots are believed to have been fired. Police have no motive for the shooting.
“It was a completely random act,” Heinlein said.
Barajas was a Rosemont High School graduate and Safeway delivery driver.
Rose said she takes some comfort in knowing that, as an organ and tissue donor, her son helped others through his death. Two people have regained their sight thanks to cornea transplants made possible by his gift, she said.
Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the Sacramento Police Department’s dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Crime Alert at 916-443-4357, or submit an anonymous tip using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.