More than a week has passed since the shooting death of Gelareh Bagherzadeh, an Iranian student living in Houston. Since the time of her death, public outcry for answers has rung throughout Houston and the nation. However police report that there are still few leads to account for this tragic murder.
Bagherzadeh’s body was found inside of her car in the early morning hours of Monday, January 16, 2012. The car had careened into a garage near her Galleria town home after she sustained a fatal gunshot wound.
|Officer J.C. Padilla HPD|
"When the officer arrived, the car's tires were still spinning," Officer J.C. Padilla said at a Crime Stoppers press conference. "He [the responding officer] had to reach in and turn off the motor."
The murder of Bagherzadeh has left the community and investigators puzzled, and seeking answers. “This is probably one of our most difficult cases at this time,” stated Padilla, “we’re not ruling anything out."
Now, following the murder of Bagherzadeh, Crime Stoppers is continuing to seek information from the community to aide in the search for answers. “If your information leads the filing of felony charges or the arrest of a suspect, you will be eligible for up to $5,000 in a cash reward,” stated Katherine Cabaniss, Executive Director of Crime Stoppers.
Ali Bagherzadeh, Gelareh’s brother, spoke out at a press conference hosted at Crime Stoppers’ headquarters. "My family is devastated," stated Ali Bagherzadeh on behalf of his grieving family. "It's very hard. I can't see my parents ... I don't want to see any parents be in this situation."
Gelareh Bagherzadeh was described as an invaluable member of the Houston community by her family and friends. Working as a molecular geneticist at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Bagherzadeh had a bright future in her field. “She taught me never to forget about people,” added her youngest brother.
Bagherzadeh’s family pled with the public to share information on the case at the Crime Stoppers press conference. “Anyone who may know, any information can help. Please call Crime Stoppers,” appealed a somber Ali Bagherzadeh.
A week after Bagherzadeh’s death, Crime Stoppers is echoing that plea to the public. Callers to the 24 hour Crime Stoppers tip line at 713-222-TIPS (8477) remain anonymous and are eligible for up to $5,000 dollars in a cash reward.