Family says Stafford road rage shooting victim was heading into work at medical center

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Woman killed on way to work, suspect in contact with police: Deputies
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Deena Neal was on her way to work when she was shot and killed in what deputies said was a road rage incident. Hours later, authorities said they found the suspect involved.

STAFFORD, Texas (KTRK) -- A woman is dead after she was gunned down on her drive to work at the Texas Medical Center. Fourteen hours later, Fort Bend County deputies announced they identified the shooter, who's cooperating with law enforcement.

The shooting happened at about 10 p.m. Tuesday in the 3000 block of 5th Street in Stafford, deputies said.

The victim's wife told ABC13 that her loved one was 57-year-old Deena Neal.

Neal was about five minutes from her home when it happened. She worked as a lab tech at Kelsey-Seybold but never made it in.

Her wife says she last spoke to Neal before she left and found it odd that she never texted to let her know she made it to work. It was about 3 a.m. when deputies knocked on the door to let her know her wife had been shot to death.

"She was such a beautiful spirit, a good person. She didn't bother anybody. If she could help you, she would give you her last. They took a good person from us. They took a really, really good person from us," Neal's sister-in-law, Ressa Fairchild, said.

Fort Bend County investigators were at the scene again Wednesday morning, trying to gather video of the incident.

ABC13 also looked for footage, but it doesn't appear any cameras directly captured anything.

A woman who works at a nearby bakery says she heard three gunshots and then looked out to see a commotion. It was people trying to help the victim.

"Nowadays in the U.S., there are so many gunshots, so I was scared," Kalendar Benazer said.

Neal's sister-in-law also shared a message to the person responsible before they were found.

"Just do the right thing, please. It's got to burn your conscience that you've taken a life. For my family's sake, for my sister and my nephew, please. Just do the right thing and turn yourself in," she said.