WACO, Texas (KXAN) — The mother and daughter killed in a triple shooting on April 18 in northwest Austin were laid to rest Monday. Memorial services and visitation for the third murder victim also took place Monday with the funeral to follow on Tuesday.
Visitation for Amanda Broderick, 35, and her daughter Alyssa Broderick, 18, was held Sunday night at Oakcrest Funeral Home in Waco. Funeral services began at noon Monday. Alyssa’s boyfriend, Willie Simmons III, was the third person killed.
Alyssa’s good friend, Tasha Stafford, told KXAN she’s holding onto the moments and memories of Alyssa.
“[Alyssa] was like, ‘Coach, I forgot my shoes,’ so my mom, [the coach], had to let her wear her shoes, and coach in slides,'” Stafford said, recalling the funny moment.
“She always had a smile on her face, and wanted to go out and do stuff,” Stafford said.
One week later, there are still flowers and a card honoring Alyssa, Amanda, and Willie. Heading into the funeral services on Monday, there were still tougher days ahead.
“Just like coming together, hugging, crying, talking about her,” Stafford explained.
They are coping with the pain of what should have been — Amanda raising her kids, Alyssa excelling at school and sports and her boyfriend Willie doing the same. He was heading to play college football at the University of North Texas.
The healing process is just beginning.
“Hopefully they let me wear her jersey next year for basketball, and go all out for her because I know that’s what she’d want me to do,” said Stafford.
Visitation and funeral information for Willie Simmons III
A viewing for Simmons will be on Monday, as well, at the Elgin Funeral Home. The family will accept visitors from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Simmons’ funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church of Austin.
Police arrested Amanda’s ex-husband Stephen Broderick, a former Travis County Sheriff’s Office detective who lost his job last year when he was charged with child sexual assault.
Broderick is accused of intentionally crashing into his ex-wife’s car before shooting and killing the three inside.