Corinna Johnson’s family raises money for funeral expenses – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

With food, a North Texas family simply did what they could.

As they have done since childhood, the cousins ​​of 27-year-old Corinna Johnson rallied behind the family’s baby on Saturday. They braved the rain outside the Daiquiri Dash in Arlington to sell tacos, brisket and elote to cover a funeral that arrived unexpectedly early.

“I think the circumstances in which this happened are pretty horrible. I don’t think you can ever prepare for something like that in general,” Anthony Gareau said.

Early Monday morning, police found Johnson’s body in a bedroom closet at a Dallas apartment complex on Wheatland Road.

She was wrapped in bedsheets and beaten to death, according to an arrest affidavit.

Corina Johnson

“It’s just a vicious thing to read about when you realize that someone could hurt someone so much with their bare hands,” he said.

Gareau, a cousin, said that amid their own grief, the family hopes to use their loss to shed light on the dangers of domestic violence.

Police charge Johnson’s boyfriend, 34-year-old Omar Lucio, with murder after he confessed that “he needed to talk some sense into her.”

Omar Lucio, inset.

“I think it is very important that people are aware that such situations exist and that it can happen to anyone in the blink of an eye,” said Gareau.

Saturday was one of several fundraisers organized by family, including a GoFundMe set up this week.

“I don’t know them personally, but they are our store neighbors and we wanted to help in some way,” said Mark Lee.

Strangers and friends have rallied not only to cover funeral costs, but also to hopefully provide some support for the 7-year-old son Johnson leaves behind.

The family says the little boy still doesn’t know his mother never comes home.

“I don’t think we’ll ever really move past this moment. You know, we’re going to do the best we can,” Gareau said.

Lucio is being held on bonds totaling $1.5 million for murder as well as an unrelated case involving alleged street racing and a crash. Johnson’s family said the accident happened in November and also involved the young mother.

Online court records show Lucio has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2007, including cases of sexual assault and rape out of Houston.