AUSTIN(KXAN) - Stacy Barnett and her boyfriend John Goosey, shot and killed ina double-homicide that rocked West Campus last week, were buried onMonday after a joint funeral at St. Vincent DePaul CatholicChurch.
The service was planned for the couple before police arrestedtheir alleged killer - a man who said he sold marijuana forGoosey.
"The unfortunate part of this crime is that John Goosey wasinvolved in the selling of marijuana here in Austin,” saidLt. Mark Spangler, with the Austin Police Department. “He wasowed a substantial amount of money by Ricky Thompson."
According to the arrest warrant for suspect James "Ricky"Thompson, who admitted to shooting Goosey and Barnett in the head,there was a $8,500 debt for marijuana Goosey allegedly fronted himto sell.
Thompson told a friend that he walked into the 21st Street condoand shot Goosey. Then he claimed he went upstairs and shot Barnettin the head with a .22 caliber gun. Police say they have noevidence that Barnett was involved in any of the dealing.
The scenario surprised those who live near the crime scene.
"I just thought someone had a grudge against someoneelse,” said Cansu Arslan, who lives in West Campus. “Ididn't know it was drug-related at all. I didn't even expectthat.”
"Just goes to show you that drugs aren't always in poorcommunities," said Kyle Hayes, who live around the corner from thecondo where the couple was killed.
Those who live in the neighborhood where suspect Thompson liveswere also surprised to find out the 19-year-old is accused of sucha crime.
"I was completely stunned,” said John McJunkin, who livesacross the street from Thompson. “He was a nice guy, borrowedtools, put up security lights around his house."
McJunkin saw Thompson cuffed and carried out of the houseSaturday night. He realized it much more serious when he saw thenews that his former neighbor is an accused killer.
Even though Thompson is behind bars, charged with two counts ofcapital murder, his capture is not easing everyone’s fear ofwhat just happened at the condo.
"It's a relief that I won't be threatened by that kind of stuff,but it's kind of scary that it could happen to someone that isthere at the wrong time," Arslan said, referring to Barnett.
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Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.