Latino dad charged with murder after shooting drunk driver who killed his two sons

Losing your kids can drive a parent to do crazy things. That's why I was heartbroken, but not completely shocked, to hear of the Houston, Texas, father who was recently charged with murder after allegedly shooting a drunk driver minutes after he crashed into the dad's truck and killed his two young sons.


31-year-old David Barajas and his two sons, 12-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb, were 50 yards from home, trying to push the family's stalled truck to their house when tragedy struck. Twenty-year-old Jose Banda was driving under the influence and slammed into the vehicle from behind, fatally injuring Barajas' kids. The older brother was killed on the spot, while his younger sibling was airlifted to a hospital, where he eventually died.

According to investigators, Banda died from a gunshot wound to the head just moments after the crash. Witnesses told authorities they saw Barajas walk home right after the accident only to return a few minutes later and approach Banda's vehicle. The dad has since been indicted for murder and is being held Monday in jail on a $450,000 bond while police continue their investigation.

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The truth is, if Barajas is guilty, his actions are horrible ... but they are also not incomprehensible. I can't even begin to imagine what he must have felt in those minutes, having just witnessed both of his kids get killed by an irresponsible drunk driver. Any parent in that situation would be heartbroken, devastated, and angry--probably more than angry enough to hurt the person responsible.

I don't justify his crime by any means. No matter how much pain he was in, there's no excuse for taking someone's life. Banda too was someone's child and killing him did not and will not bring back Barajas' own kids. But given the circumstances, I can't say that I don't understand what drove him to his actions.  

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