Matriarch of San Antonio Restaurant Family Slain

By: AP
By: AP

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - San Antonio police say they have a suspect in
custody in the slaying of a 76-year-old San Antonio restaurant
family matriarch.
Police will release later today the details of the arrest of a
suspect in the slaying of Viola B. Barrios. But they say the
suspect was arrested after they found the victim's silver Mercedes,
which was stolen at the time of the killing.
Barrios was found dead inside her home yesterday after
firefighters responded to a fire that officials say was
intentionally set in the rear of the house.
Barrios started Los Barrios as a young widow in 1979, hoping to
support her three children. For nearly 30 years she worked seven
days a week, making tortillas and enchiladas and managing the
restaurant that became one of San Antonio's best-known.
In just two weeks she was set to move out of the modest home her
husband had built to a large estate. Authorities said a motive for
the slaying isn't known yet, but son Louis Barrios says he suspects
a botched burglary.

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