Family of vehicular homicide victim holds rally in Jonesborough

Randy Branum holds a sign picturing his late mother, Shirra.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - Family and friends of Shirra Branum held an emotional rally outside the Washington County, Tennessee courthouse Saturday.

Investigators believe Alan Mogollen-Anaya was driving drunk and killed Branum in March. Mogollen-Anaya was treated at a hospital, but he was released before deputies charged him with a crime. At this time he has not been arrested.

People at the rally held signs with pictures of Branum and Mogollen-Anaya. They want the suspect to be captured and prosecuted. Branum's children and parents say she is greatly missed.

"I've had a bad day today to be honest," Branum's father Hugh Scall said. "I don't know why. I woke up crying, but I do that every day. I'll cry inside."

Branum's daughter said that seeing people come to the rally was encouraging.

"It just makes me happy that everybody cares so much, because my mom cared about every single person she ever met," Madison Branum said. "She did everything she could do for them, and I feel like everyone is just kind of giving back."

Madison made a special sign with only her mother's picture. She said she did not want her mother to be remembered only in connection with her killer.

Police said Mogollen-Anaya's car crossed the center line on Conklin Road and crashed into Branum's head on. Her son was also injured in that crash. Officials said Mogollen-Anaya has never been in the U.S. legally.

The family is offering a $5,000 for information leading Mogollen-Anaya's arrest.

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