DALLAS, TX – Dallas Police are currently seeking leads in what investigators believe was a road-rage incident that turned into murder earlier in February.
The victim from the fatal shooting leaves behind a wife of over 20 years and three children.
12-Year-Old: ‘You Killed A Really Good Man’ After Father Murdered In Believed Dallas Road Rage Incident https://t.co/nEszbr6JY5
— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW) February 26, 2021
Earlier in February, Dallas Homicide Detective Tonya McDaniel stated that 53-year-old Chris Murzin was on his way to work when he was suddenly gunned down on the interstate by someone driving a silver SUV.
“It seemed like a little road rage.”
Murzin was going westbound on I-20 at the time while driving his black Chevy Yukon, not far from the South Polk exit, when Detective McDaniel stated a 911 caller said someone driving a silver SUV opened fire on Murzin:
“They are going in and out of traffic and finally this silver SUV catches up to the black SUV and pulls up to the side of them and they see the gun fire a shot into the black SUV on the driver’s side and then the black SUV wrecks out.”
The victim’s vehicle eventually came to a stop near the median on the I-20. Unfortunately, Murzin succumbed to his injuries after arriving at a nearby hospital.
I’m heartbroken to now hear the news of Mr. Chris Murzin.
He was a compassionate, loving man, father, and a friend to many. I send my deepest condolences and prayers to his family. https://t.co/wwcAiN68MP
— Dylan M. Rafaty (@DylanRafaty) February 18, 2021
Police have yet to identify any possible suspects in the case, and now the family of the deceased are urging the public to come forward with information.
Christina Murzin, Chris’ wife, had been married to her husband for over 20 years. They had three children together – a 12-year-old boy named Dutch, a high school senior named Caroline, and a special needs 21-year-old named Jack.
Jack has been confined to a wheelchair his entire life, and the condition he has makes it difficult for anyone to understand how much the loss of his father is impacting him.
Christina referred to her late husband as being, “Jack’s biggest champion for sure,” and knows that her special needs son misses his father.
“Definitely, Chris and Jack had a very special bond and I know Jack…I know he will miss him. And will miss his enthusiasm for life and for all the fun things they did together.”
The daughter of the victim, Caroline, is distraught at the loss of her father – further saddened that her dad will never be able to see her graduate college or get married later on in life, saying:
“Whoever did this needs to speak up, or someone who knows the person that did this, because there is just so much that was taken from us and he didn’t deserve it.”
She went on to say:
“He was like our team dad. Everybody loved him.”
The youngest of the trio of children, Dutch, was asked what he would say to the person who killed his father, if he were given the opportunity.
“You’re not a good person at all…You killed a really good man.”
Murzin seemed to live a life of kindness and generosity towards others, with his wife saying that he was a:
“true inspiration to everyone, not just the special needs community, but everyone on just how to be, how to live life to the fullest, be bold, support others.”
Christina spoke of how her husband had helped a local vagrant back in December of 2020, saying Chris had noticed a homeless man without legs that was sitting in a wheelchair far too big for him.
“Chris came home and bought a smaller wheelchair on Amazon to fit him, ordered it, put it together and got him all set up.”
She went on to say:
“That was him. That was just one example of his heart…It really didn’t matter who you are or where you came from.”
Without a husband, and her children without a father, Christina says that while her husband is in a better place – her family is hurting and is begging the public to come forward with information, saying:
“We know that he is in Heaven and he is well but we sure are not. We are not well, are we? We miss him so…so please help us find who did this please!”
Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Dallas Police Department by calling Homicide Detective Tonya McDaniel at 214-671-4236. Please reference case #025379-2021 when reaching out.
Also, Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest and indictment in the investigation, which Crime Stoppers can be reached at 214-373-TIPS (8477).
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When looking back in the previous year, the city of Dallas hosted an increase in homicides that the city hadn’t seen in over 15 years.
Back in January, we at Law Enforcement Today reported on the troubling statistic from 2020.
Here’s that previous report.
DALLAS, TX – The year of 2020 has been tough for many cities, and Dallas is one of them. Data regarding the number of homicides within the city details that murders have reached a high not seen in 16 years.
Dallas ended the year with 251 murders, including two killings that occurred in the final hour of 2020, according to a departmental spokesman. https://t.co/l3BpKuoRJT
— WFAA (@wfaa) January 2, 2021
When Dallas ushered in the new year, it left behind a troubling 2020 – as there were a recorded 251 murders within the city throughout the year. Which two of the murders reportedly transpired within the last hour of 2020.
Sheldon Smith, who serves as the president of the Dallas chapter of the National Black Police Association, stated the disturbing trends that have been impacting Dallas:
“It’s almost one [murder] every night. They happen downtown, they happen in southern Dallas, North Dallas. They’re occurring all over the place.”
During the last nine days of 2020, the city was seeing more than just an average of one murder a night – as there were a total of 13 homicides that occurred during that span of time.
While Dallas had been impacted by a soaring murder rate in 2020, the DPD’s homicide unit has been hosting an impressive figure in clearance rates of homicide investigations – boasting a 79% rate to date for the year.
There’s divided opinions on what exactly led to such a violent 2020 in Dallas. With so many unique factors attributed to 2020, such as the protests/riots and the adverse effects of the pandemic relating to the economy, naming one specific element as the primary impetus is difficult.
Mike Mata, who serves as the president of the Dallas Police Association, brought a unique perspective regarding how the pandemic may have influenced the types of crimes committed by criminals.
Mata suggested that with how the pandemic affected businesses like bars and restaurants – namely, with many being closed – perhaps criminals that may have normally been pickpockets in those establishments could’ve altered their criminal behavior to entertain crimes like armed robberies elsewhere.
Obviously, the likelihood of an armed robbery evolving into fatal violence is substantially higher than someone engaging in pickpocketing.
But overall, even Mata can’t firmly say what has caused the uptick in homicides in Dallas:
“I think there’s a lot of different ingredients in this rise in crime, but we’ve got to get control of it.”
Another aspect unique to 2020 in Dallas was of course the strings of murders allegedly committed by 31-year-old Jeremy Harris, which his alleged acts were coined as being one akin to that of a serial killer.
The Dallas Police Deputy Chief says that the suspect fits the bill of a “serial killer” – and these cases are absolutely chilling.https://t.co/rGYxPB7DaP
— LawEnforcementToday (@LawEnforceToday) November 22, 2020
One of the city’s first murders was that of 28-year-old Dominique White, who was gunned down back in January allegedly by 28-year-old Jimmy Markell Chisolm.
The victim’s mother, Angela, described the impact her son’s death had on his four children. One of Dominique owns daughters said that she wished she could die so that she could be with her dad again, according to Angela:
“I said, ‘What about us?’ She said, ‘Well, I’ll right come right back.’ I say, ‘You won’t be able to come back when you see him.’ She said, ‘I just want to hold him, Nana.’”
A Mother’s tears. Will the violence end a generation?
In Jan. my son was shot & died. The issue is it was another young black man. 30 minutes prior my son would see his children the last time. Not knowing this young man would appear out of the blue and take his life.
— Angel L (@Blush89242626) March 13, 2020
Eddie Garcia, who is slated as the incoming police chief, stated that tackling violent crime in Dallas is going to be his top priority:
“I will take a reduction personally…It’s not just the numbers. It’s the perception of crime – both the perception and the numbers have to go in a better direction.”
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Author: Gregory Hoyt