The owner of George’s Restaurant in Waco donated $2,500 to the newly formed McLennan County Sheriff’s Office cold case unit.
Last month, Sheriff Parnell McNamara announced the cold case unit solved the 1982 murder of Beth Bramlett.
After that announcement, Sammy Citrano decided to donate to the cause.
“I’m invested in the community. I’ve been here for 32 years. I’ve raised my family here. I’ve businesses here. I have friendships here. I want a clean community,” Citrano said.
On Tuesday, George’s Owner Sammy Citrano presented the check to the McLennan County Commissioners. The donation is expected to help with expenses involved in the investigations, including those associated with travel.
“We can pay through this to the county, others we have to figure out ways to get funding for it. We’re not going to let up to solving these brutal murders,” McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.
He said for an unsolved murder the cold case unit is looking into, they will have to go to Michigan to interview a witness.
“We are determined to turn over every rock that we find and that’s one of them. If we find a lead, doesn’t matter where it is, if we possibly can,” McNamara said.
Citrano hopes the donation can help families in McLennan County.
“I hope it eases the hearts of many people who have lost someone previously that didn’t get an answer,” Citrano said.
The Woodway resident said he has also lost family members before so he knows how important closure can be.
“I know how important it was to know for us to know how they passed and with this right here a lot of people never know. I think it’s very important to have closure and I would want closure if something ever like that ever happened,” Citrano said.
He hopes his donation will inspire other businesses or community members to do the same.
The cold case unit has 16 cases that plans to investigate.
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