HOUSTON — The mother of a teenager found dead after prom night in Houston feels like she was misled by her daughter’s prom date and his mother.
“I said you look beautiful,” said Juana Barron, Jacqueline Gomez’s mother, as she looked at the last photo she snapped of her 17-year-old daughter.
“She was so happy,” Barron said. “You should have seen her big smile on her face when she left.”
Gomez was off to her senior prom at the Hyatt North Houston Hotel on Friday. Her mother, who was too distraught to show her face on camera, said she expected to see her daughter back at home later that night.
However, prom took a tragic turn.
“I do want to know, and I want to know who’s responsible for all that,” Barron said.
Her daughter spent the night in room 821 along with her date. He admitted they were drinking before they went to bed. The next morning, he told police she would not wake up.
Police said they found alcohol and prescription painkillers inside the room.
“She was underage,” her mother said. “She couldn’t get that stuff all by herself.”
Barron said Gomez’s date’s mother picked the couple up from her home. She also picked them up from the hotel later that night. That’s when she last spoke to her daughter on the phone.
“I just spoke to them after prom, a couple words, told me she was going to get something to eat,” Barron said.
That’s when the boy’s mother got on the phone and asked whether Gomez could spend the night at their house.
“I said no bring her back home,” Barron said. “I gave them a couple hours, and I never heard back.”
The next call she got was from a homicide detective with the Houston Police Department. She said detectives told her the room was booked by the boyfriend’s mother.
The police continue to investigate, but they do not believe the boyfriend played a role in the girl’s death.
For now her close friends can only rally around each other.
“It was hard to walk to school today,” said Bibiana Gomez, Gomez’s close friend. “I just cried all day.”
They said they are learning to live without Gomez, while they wait for the answers everyone so desperately wants.
“My baby was my whole world,” Barron said. “She was smart, funny, everything. No words to describe her. She was just everything to me.”
Houston police confirmed late Monday that the room was booked by the teenage boy’s mother, under his name. Autopsy results are still pending in this case. Toxicology results could take several weeks.
Meanwhile, Gomez’s mother has set up an online donation fund to help with her daughter’s funeral costs.