A granny’s chilling photo she took of her alleged killer seems to solve the mystery of her death, police said.
Pamela Rae Martinez of Glendale, Arizona was gunned down through an open window after completing her final fast food delivery.
A witness told police that a man, later identified as 62-year-old Rusty French, had parked his van next to the 60-year-old’s vehicle.
Glendale Police said retired teacher Martinez snapped a picture of the man believed to have killed her.
Police found Martinez in distress and she was pronounced dead at the scene after responding to an accident.
Police officer Tiffany Ngalula told News12: “The picture she took shows the van that the witness described and a man sitting in his van.
“If she hadn’t done that, we wouldn’t know who her shooter was.”
Her daughter Monique Daniels, 27, told the Daily Beast Martinez took the photo because she was afraid something would happen.
She said: “She wouldn’t let it go without doing something.”
Daniels told 12News, “She’s been a fighter all her life, she was so strong and I’ve told my husband that she solved her own murder.”
On June 15, French was questioned by police officers when they showed him the photo, and he admitted that he was the person in the picture.
But he claimed that he “must have blacked out” in relation to what was transpiring.
Officers also recovered handguns from his home, and one matched the gun he used in the shooting.
It is unknown why Martinez was killed while the police investigation continues.
Daniels believes her mother’s murder may have been linked to a possible road traffic incident.
She said, “A stranger ended up taking his own life for nothing.”
She last heard from her just after 7pm, when she had finished her deliveries.
Martinez had been working for Uber Eats to earn some extra money as she wanted to help Daniels pay for her baby shower.
She planned to spend the night with her boyfriend before she was shot.
French was arrested for second-degree murder.
Martinez leaves behind two daughters and two grandchildren.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5656604/grandma-last-image-killer-solves-mystery-murder/ The haunting final picture Grandma, 60, took of her “killer” solved the mystery of her “murder by a stranger,” police say