SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — The names and new details into the murder-suicide that happened Sunday in the Hills of Hays neighborhood of San Marcos were revealed Monday.
On Sunday at around 11:30 a.m., officers with the department’s patrol division and criminal investigations division responded to the area between Guadalupe Street and Staples Road.
According to a release from the City of San Marcos, the victim, Brihana Landrum, 24, was shot in the head by her ex-boyfriend Adrian Diaz, 28. Landrum and Diaz had been involved in an on-again, off-again relationship for many years.
Police say Diaz fled the scene in his vehicle while Landrum’s family transported her to the hospital. She died on the way.
Shortly after, SMPD received an EMS request in Guadalupe County for a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The description of the vehicle matched Diaz’s and responders confirmed the deceased man was Diaz.
SMPD and the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Department are working together on the investigation, with San Marcos officials handling the homicide and Guadalupe County pursuing the suicide.
Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office couldn’t offer a comment on this incident Monday, but explained that more information would be available on Tuesday.
Neighbors who live near the home where Landrum was shot told KXAN they heard a gunshot that morning in their typically quiet neighborhood.
They believed Landrum was living in the home there with her family and said that Landrum was “her parents’ whole world.”
This is the second homicide in San Marcos in 2019
Melissa Rodriguez, the director of community partnerships for the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center in San Marcos, explained that cases like this are the “worst case scenario,” the type of situations the center aims to prevent.
“I can’t even imagine what that was like for her family, this is awful,” Rodriguez said. “My daughter is 24, so I can’t even wrap my mind around that, it’s just devastating.”
Rodriguez has spent a lot of time recently talking about dating violence. She explained February is Dating Violence Awareness Month. She noted that in the conversation about domestic violence, people often overlook the dangers of dating violence.
“Domestic and family violence is not something that begins only after marriage or only after children, we know that a lot of these behaviors and patterns start early on when young people are dating.”
Rodriguez added that breaking up and getting back together again can be a red flag that a relationship is abusive.
“Nationally, we know it takes an average of seven times for a victim to actually leave a relationship, so it’s not uncommon for someone to try and work something out,” she explained, noting that victims are often in the most danger when they are ending or have left a relationship.
Rodriguez explained that she works in the field she does because she believes that doing so can save lives.
“Unfortunately, we can’t save everyone and this is what happens sometimes, but when these things happen they’re not so shocking to those of us in this field, unfortunately, because we know this is what we’re dealing with: it’s life and death unfortunately in these situations.”
“The other important thing I think people need to understand is that this could happen to anybody and this is not something that only happens to young people or older people or married people or people in a certain income tax bracket or a certain city,” Rodriguez said.
She explained that for people who fear their loved one is an abusive relationship, the best thing you can do is be consistently available to and supportive of that person.
The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center Offers Counseling, support with filing protective orders and other legal matters, emergency shelter and educational resources. Anyone in Hays or Caldwell County who thinks they might be impacted by domestic violence or dating violence can give them a call for free and confidential services at 512-396-HELP (4357).
Those seeking help can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).