The death of 29-year-old Esme Barrera has prompted a public outpouring of grief as family, friends and members of Austin’s music community come to terms with her unexplained murder. Barrera was found dead inside her home on King Street around 3 a.m. on January 1, according to KXAN, after ringing in the New Year at the 29th Street Ballroom & Spider House just a few blocks away.
University of Texas police have released a composite sketch of a man believed to be responsible for at least one other sexual assault in that area early Sunday morning.
"We do not know yet if the three incidents are related, but we are releasing information on all three incidents in hopes of alerting the public and also receiving information from the public," UT police said in an alert issued Monday night.
UT police describe the suspect as:
- Black Male
- Aged 30 to 40
- Approximately 6″, muscular build
- Large, dark brown eyes
- Last seen wearing a grey hooded jacket over dark-colored t-shirt and blue jeans
You can report information at APD's Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crimestoppers at 512-472-TIPS.
Barrera was active in Austin’s music community. She was a Girls Rock Camp Austin counselor and mentored bands. She was a regular at Waterloo Records, which posted the single word, “Heartbroken” on its Facebook page early this morning.