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Those who knew victims in deadly crime spree remember their spirit

HOUSTON – Flowers mark the entrance of a locked door at the Mattress Firm near Willowbrook Mall. For many, the sense of loss is still raw.

“There is a different feeling in the air, its kind of sad around here right now,’ said Robert Guzman. Guzman works in the area and said that part of his days used to include periodically speaking with his friend, Allie Barrow, who worked at the Mattress Firm.

He said news of her death has been tough to handle. “She added a smile to the place, it's been difficult," he said.

Barrow's body was discovered in the store over the weekend. The medical examiner's report said she suffered a gunshot wound. Police said Barrow's death may be linked to an aggravated assault, attempted murder, and two other murders.

Mattress Firm announced Wednesday that it would pay for Barrow's funeral services.

Many friends, co-workers and family members of the victims are now dealing with the days ahead without their loved ones. 

Paola lost her stepfather, Edward Magana, one of the victims in the alleged crime spree who was found shot to death at a Houston Mattress One. 

“He was a great guy, a great father and husband and worker," Paola said. 

Maganas’ former co-workers and friends have also shared memories on the families' GoFundMe page. 

In Cypress, a memorial grows outside of another victim's home. It was there that Pamela Johnson's older brother told KPRC that he will miss his sister and that she was a good person.

Mattress Firm released the following statement:

What happened to our colleague and other members of our community was tragic and heartbreaking. While no company can prevent people who are intent on doing horrible things, especially the senseless acts that the suspect committed over the last week, the safety of our employees remains of the utmost importance. Much like other retailers, our business model supports small teams ranging from 1 – 3 people depending on the day and time. We accept little to no cash in our stores and have never had something like this happen our 32 year history. However, we are currently reviewing our safety plans and listening to feedback from our associates to determine how to enhance those measures. Amidst the awful events of the past few days, we continue to focus on how we can support the family of our beloved colleague and will start the process of moving forward as a team. - Steve Stagner, Mattress Firm CEO

The store released an additional statement Wednesday:

What happened to our colleague and other members of our community was tragic and heartbreaking. While no company can prevent people who are intent on doing horrible things, especially the senseless acts that the suspect committed over the last week, the safety of our employees remains of the utmost importance. Much like other retailers, our business model supports small teams ranging from 1 – 3 people depending on the day and time. We accept little to no cash in our stores and have never had something like this happen our 32 year history. However, we are currently reviewing our safety plans and listening to feedback from our associates to determine how to enhance those measures. Amidst the awful events of the past few days, we continue to focus on how we can support the family of our beloved colleague and will start the process of moving forward as a team.  


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