A 37-year-old woman named Paola Nuñez Linares was tragically killed in a road rage incident in Texas on Monday. Her husband, Zane Jones, and her mother, Ana, have shared their grief in an interview with PEOPLE magazine. The incident occurred on East Loop 820 in Hurst, Texas, involving Zane and Paola in their minivan and another vehicle. The occupants of the other vehicle fired several shots at Zane and Paola, with one hitting Paola and ultimately causing her death. Zane recounted the events, explaining that as he passed the other car, he flipped the driver off in frustration.
The driver then shot through the back left window, hitting Paola in the head. Zane didn't realize she had been hit and instructed her to duck and stay down. The driver fired another shot which narrowly missed Zane before he managed to escape the situation. The suspect's vehicle is described as a small, dark-colored, older model car. Zane fondly remembers Paola as the most surprising person he had ever met. They initially connected on a fan page for the band Switchfoot, and their friendship quickly developed into a deeper connection.
Paola was a talented photographer, chef, and tarot card reader, and Zane enjoyed every moment spent with her. Despite not planning on living in the United States, Paola traveled to visit Zane several times, and Zane reciprocated by visiting Guatemala to meet her family. Their relationship blossomed, and Zane asked Ana for permission to propose to Paola. Ana gave her blessing, and they got married in January 2022.
Paola even decided to work with Zane at Kelly-Moore Paints. Zane blames himself for the tragic incident, feeling guilty for flipping off the driver who had endangered them twice before the shooting. He hopes that media attention will help apprehend the suspect. Ana remembers her daughter as a free spirit who was loving and caring towards others. Paola had struggled when her father passed away but found happiness with Zane. They were very close, speaking every day, and had discussed Paola's upcoming visit to Guatemala just hours before the shooting.
Ana describes Paola as a little light and angel wherever she went. Road rage incidents involving guns have been on the rise, with injuries and deaths nearly doubling from 2018 to 2022, according to a report by the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety. To help cover funeral expenses and travel costs for Paola's family, a GoFundMe page has been created. Authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward and contact the Hurst Police Department or Crime Stoppers.