Family Faces Backlash in Mom's Road-Rage Death

But Tammy Meyers is still the victim, police say
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Suggested by BCS
Posted Feb 19, 2015 5:10 AM CST
Family Faces Backlash in Road-Rage Death
This artist's rendition provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows a composite sketch of the suspect.   (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

Some of the public sympathy for the family of a woman killed in an apparent road-rage incident dried up after it emerged that Tammy Meyers and son Brandon had gone looking for the driver involved, but police say the Las Vegas mom is still the victim in the case. A police spokeswoman say Meyers was "scared and upset" when she enlisted her armed son to look for the people who had frightened her and her daughter, the AP reports. After the assailants followed them back to their cul-de-sac, Brandon Meyers returned fire after shots were fired from the vehicle, and then "found that his mother had been struck by gunfire," the spokeswoman says. "The suspect vehicle then backed out and sped away. That's what happened. Tammy is a victim."

A GoFundMe page to raise money for Meyers' funeral was removed yesterday after people questioned whether the family had been honest, the Las Vegas Journal-Review reports. It also emerged yesterday that Brandon, 21, made a Facebook post last summer about a road-rage incident of his own, where he said that if his girlfriend hadn't driven away, he would have "beat the brakes off" a pedestrian who walked in front of their vehicle, reports the Journal-Review. Police, who are still looking for the shooter, held a press conference yesterday to advise the public not to lead people to their home after road-rage incidents, but to call police or drive to busy areas where police will probably be. (Two angry drivers in Michigan ended up shooting each other dead.)

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