Mystery remains after man was shot and killed on way to work

FLATONIA, Texas (KXAN) — It has been more than seven months since the Fayette County shooting death of a young father, but who is responsible remains a mystery. His widow got the sad news in her latest briefing on the case Thursday from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Rangers.

Grant “Bubba” Whitaker was driving to his new construction job Jan. 23 near Flatonia. Suddenly, along U.S. Highway 90, a gunshot came out of the blue, and Whitaker was killed. Whitaker was living with his wife and three children in San Antonio until the school year finished. They had planned to move to Fayette County later in the year.

His widow, Erin, and law officers, refuse to call this a cold case. “It is an ongoing investigation so I’m confident they have some answers, but the ultimate answer is finding the person responsible.”

One theory is that someone who liked to take potshots at the passing trains along U.S. Highway 90 inadvertently hit Whitaker. In a sense, that is not important to Erin.

“Whether it’s accidental or intentional, I just want someone to man up and say, ‘I’m sorry I did this.'”

The Fayette County sheriff’s office tells KXAN that they share the family’s frustration and that the case is an active one. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward in the case, the amount to be determined. Erin says the family is considering adding to that reward.

“It doesn’t get easier,” she added. “I walk into our closet and look at our stuff, and my heart breaks. He didn’t deserve to die like this.”

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