Friends and family of Valerie Jimenez, 37, held a candlelight vigil Thursday evening outside the Kerr County Courthouse to remember the late mother of two. Jimenez was found dead on Dec. 30 inside a car on the 1200 block of Water Street.
"She's like my sister," said Ticy Bessonette. "It's horrible. It's painful. There's nobody that could ever replace her."
Investigators suspect Jimenez's boyfriend, Shawn Forster, was responsible for her slaying. An arrest warrant for first-degree murder was issued for Forster, but he was found dead on Dec. 31 on undeveloped property along the 100 block of Wood Trail in Kerr County.
There was no confirmation as of Thursday evening how Jimenez or Forster died. Friends and family did not want to comment on the manner of Jimenez's death.
According to friends, Jimenez and Forster had been dating a few months. "Valerie was the type of person that if she saw you on the side of the road she would pull over and say 'What do you need? What's happened?'" said Cruzita Cervantes.
"Her laugh was just contagious. Everybody remembers her laugh and her smile," said Jimenez's cousin, Roxanne Guerrero. "No matter what she was going through, she was always smiling."
Friends say just days before Jimenez was killed, there were signs of trouble between her and Forster. "She recently tried to break it off with him because of his violent tendencies," said Bessonette.
For the Jimenez family, this murder is the worst kind of Deja vu. Jimenez's mother died a victim of domestic violence in the early 1990s.
"It's like reliving that nightmare all over again," Guerrero said. "The pain and opening all those old wounds all over again."