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Esme Barrera Sticker, Benefits, and Memorial
Esme Barrera all weekend
DAILY Music  January 10, 2012, by Raoul Hernandez
"...As touched on in the lead “Recommended” for Music Listings coming to this Thursday's issue, the death of Esme Barrera reminded me of another local music scene mainstay, “Handsome” Joel Svatek, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2003. Like him, Barrera will soon have her own sticker..."

Esme Barrera Murder Case Closed
Austin Police believe James Loren Brown was indeed responsible
DAILY News  December 20, 2012, by Monica Riese
"...Just shy of the anniversary of Esme Barrera's murder in her West Campus home early on New Year's Day 2012, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo has announced that the Austin Police Department has formally closed that case...."

ASME vs. Esme
UT student engineering organization withdraws logo based on Barrera memorial design
News Story  November 30, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...It's hard to design an iconic logo, but the For Esme design – created to commemorate the life and tragic death of Esme Barrera – has achieved that in Austin. Now the University of Texas branch of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers is apologizing for printing T-shirts that clearly mimic the tribute...."

Barrera Killer Dead?
APD says New Year's Day attacker may be dead
DAILY News  January 26, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Austin Police say a likely suspect in the murder of Esme Barrera is dead...."

APD Meets Residents About Barrera Murder
Chief Acevedo briefs residents and friends on the investigation
DAILY News  January 10, 2012, by Michael King
"...Nearly 300 people attended Monday night’s meeting of the Heritage Neighborhood Association, an astonishing turnout, but for the fact that the preliminary subject was the New Year’s Day murder of Esme Barrera, and the Austin Police Department response to and investigation of the crime...."

Barrera Death a Great Loss
A New Year's Eve murder stuns friends of Esme Barrera
News Story  January 6, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...The Austin Police Department on Monday released the sketch of a man wanted for questioning in connection with an attack on a woman early on Jan. 1 – an attack that may be related to the murder of Esmeralda Barrera, who was found dead in her home just before 3am...."

Barrera Killer Dead?
Brown committed suicide in his home, mere blocks from Barrera's
News Story  February 3, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Austin Police say a likely suspect in the murder of Esme Barrera is dead...."

Excited About Life
Friends keenly mourn the death of Esme Barrera
News Story  January 13, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Sixteen-year-old guitarist Frankie Blue was with her dad at a Buzzcocks show at Mohawk in June 2010 when she spotted Esmeralda Barrera right up in front of the stage. Barrera was "so enthusiastic," Blue recently recalled, "dancing and moshing." Blue, one-fifth of the teen rock band Schmil­lion, met Barrera, 29, at Girls Rock Camp Austin in 2008, where Barrera was a volunteer and where Schmillion was formed a year later..."

She's a Rainbow
Esme Barrera fundraiser reaps tribute single, rock camp scholarships
DAILY Music  July 23, 2013, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Esme Barrera’s Jan. 2012 memorial, held in the wake of her murder that New Years Eve, stirred a myriad of memories and one touching tribute: a 40-woman rendition of the Rolling Stones’ “She’s a Rainbow” that captured the beloved music fanatic’s essence...."

Jared Garrison: 'Very Sorry' for Grief Caused With ASME Shirt
Designer apologizes to friends and family of Esme Barrera
DAILY News  December 7, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Barrera, aged 29, was killed in her West Campus home on New Year's Day, and in the outpouring of grief local artist Charlie Chauvin created the "For Esme" logo. In July, Garrison, a graduate research assistant at UT Austin, turned the design into "Hooked on ASME" for a T-shirt competition..."

Case Still Open, Brown Still 'Prime Suspect'
APD still investigating Esme Barrera's murder
DAILY News  April 6, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Although no DNA evidence links James Loren Brown to the murder early on New Year's Day of Esme Barrera inside her rented cottage near the UT campus, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says that Brown remains the prime suspect in her slaying...."

Do You Know This Man?
Suspect in attack – and possibly murder – sought by police
DAILY News  January 3, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Austin Police on Monday released the sketch of a man wanted for questioning in connection with an attack on a woman early on Jan. 1 – an attack that may be related to the murder of Esme Barrera, who was found dead in her home just before 3am...."

All Over Creation: Unexpected Losses
Sudden deaths make us stop, but they should also make us think
Arts Column  February 10, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...So it was with Esme Barrera, as well as Gerre Hancock, the great organist and choral director, and with Sue McFarland, the house manager and usher whose love of theatre shone through every time you encountered her, all of whom also died in the first weeks of 2012. We couldn't help but be shocked by their deaths, not because of their ages – some were young, some weren't – but because they were all so engaged with life..."

'Chronicle' Displays Audacity Placing Stories Next to Each Other
Postmarks  January 23, 2012
"...The 2009 and 2012 articles have nothing to do with each other, thus I don't see how his death is a "conclusion" to a separate story done on him about bicycle theft years ago. If his death is somehow a conclusion to your 2009 article, this seems to imply that his death was somewhat justified. And then you have the audacity to place this article in a box within the article about Esme Barrera's tragic death [“Barrera Death a Great Loss,” News]..."

One, Two, Tres, Cuatro: I Heart Austin
Austin's music scene takes another heart-punch after the murder of Esme Barrera
Music Column  January 13, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"...According to the venerable Chinese calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, but maybe it should be the Year of the Heart. January has started out with a heart-punch with the death of Esme Barrera, who was found murdered on New Year's Day in her home on King Street..."

Sports Top 10
The year in sports veered from the horrifying to the sublime
Sports Story  January 6, 2012, by Mark Fagan
"...What occurs between the lines draws us in, but what happens outside of them is often more gripping. This column is dedicated to my dearest of friends, Esme Barrera, who was senselessly murdered New Year's Day..."

Top 10 Criminal Justice Stories
Death and drugs dominated the year for Austin police
News Story  January 4, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...1) New Year's Murder The murder of music fan extraordinaire Esme Barrera, inside her rented cottage just north of the UT campus in the wee hours of Jan. 1, cast a pallor over the new year in Central Austin, where Barrera's enthusiasm for life touched many..."

Playback: Permitting Nightmare Precedes SXSW
SXSW events permitting induces promoter panic, the Austin Music Hall receives a stay of execution, and there are two last Austin Music Poll categories to vote in
Music Column  February 11, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Now there's just one more order of unfinished business: Please nominate deserving Austinites in two special categories overseen by Austin Music People (AMP): the Esme Barrera Award in Music Activism and Education (in honor of the big-hearted, 29-year-old music scenester/teacher who was murdered in 2012), and the Unsung Hero Award. Make your nominations at and AMP's board of directors will select the winners..."

Moving Panoramas flicker to life in the aftermath of a home invasion
Music Story  September 24, 2015, by Leslie Sisson
"...A month later, New Year's Day, my good friend Esme Barrera – a guest on Harmony earlier that year – also fell victim to a home invasion in Central Austin. The outcome was far worse..."

Top 10 Local Stories
WTP4, IDEA, Leslie, and more
News Story  January 4, 2013, by the News Staff
"...2) Police Monitor Between the New Year's West Campus slaying of Esme Barrera, the rare shooting death of an Austin Police officer in the line of duty, and the very public takedown of the Yassine Enterprises clubs, Chief Art Acevedo and his department drew plenty of attention this year. See "Top 10 Criminal Justice Stories."..."

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