Family, friends of woman murdered outside Big Texas Dance Hall in Spring mourn her tragic death


The victim's family is heartbroken. A young woman with her whole life in front of her has been taken away from them in what they see as a senseless act of anger.

Allie Rodriguez's friends gathered around a picnic table at her sister's house Sunday, looking at photographs and remembering the young woman who was so full of life.

"She was an angel. She was perfect," friend Mariah Nichols said. "She was always there when you needed."

Rodriguez died early Saturday morning after a concert at Big Texas Dance Hall and Saloon in Spring.

A man driving a pickup ran over her and three friends in the parking lot after a disagreement.

Rodriguez's best friend, Chelsea Nichols, began to worry the next day when she wasn't returning calls.

"I knew one of the people that she was with, and I messaged him on Facebook and asked if her and Mikey were OK," she said. "And he said Allie was dead."

The suspect, 20-year-old Tito Juarez, has been arrested and charged with murder.

"She was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Chelsea Nichols said. "It's not fair."

Rodriguez's family and friends say she seemed happier this past year than she'd ever been. On Sunday, they found a notepad in which she'd written a bucket list. On the list, she said she'd always wanted to be on TV.

This wasn't how she'd hoped it would happen, but those who loved her thought it would be a good way to honor her memory.

"And I know she's looking down on us, and I know she's happy. She's happy that we're doing this for her," cousin Denise Munoz said. "She'll be here. She'll always be here. She'll look after every single one of us."

Juarez is being held on a $50,000 bond. He is due in court Monday morning.

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