We learn more about the young woman who was murdered at her home in Haltom City and the new friendship between her and a neighbor that has now been severed.
Mabel Figueroa said the bullets went through her head on Saturday. When he got up and realized what had happened, he sent text messages to check on the neighbors.
But when her neighbor Amber Tsai arrived, she felt she needed to call.
“I was hit by shots from his house. And so, I called him. He’s the only neighbor I haven’t texted. I called, ”Figueroa said.
When he didn’t answer, he texted.
“When I texted this‘ pray you’re ok, ’I don’t lie, I know he’s not there because he’ll pick up his phone when I call him,” she said.
He learned that the 32-year-old had been shot and killed by Edward Freyman. Neighbors said Freyman was living in Tsai at the time. The trauma of that day remained.
“We woke up both in the middle of the night,” he said. “I was crying and repeating the sounds.”
But there is also a sense of great loss. It was the loss of a young neighbor – who, in all other accounts, hid himself, with the exception of the Figueroa, who sometimes kept his dogs.
“She is our daughter’s age; one at our daughter’s age, and definitely has a whole life ahead of her and it’s sick, ”Figueroa said.
They build friendships that sometimes include sharing pictures of pets with each other. Around the neighborhood, blue ribbons adorn trees and mailboxes — a display of mourning for a tragedy that struck so close to home.
The Figueroas said they were talking to Tsai’s family. They told NBC 5 that Tsai’s grieving mother said she wanted to meet the people who took her daughter under their wings.