Army drill sergeant found fatally shot in car on New Year’s Day in Texas

SAN ANTONIO (KABB/WOAI) - Family and friends are begging for answers in the mysterious death of a U.S. Army drill sergeant from Texas, who was found shot to death in her car on New Year’s Day.

During the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, 30-year-old U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Jessica Mitchell was found with several gunshot wounds inside her car in San Antonio. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Jessica Mitchell, a 30-year-old who was found shot to death in her car, was a fifth-generation member of the military. She is survived by her 10-year-old son.
U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Jessica Mitchell, a 30-year-old who was found shot to death in her car, was a fifth-generation member of the military. She is survived by her 10-year-old son. (Source: Mitchell Family, KABB/WOAI via CNN)

“Why would anybody want to do this?” asked her sister, Ashley Mitchell. “Why do people do such heinous acts of crime for no reason? You know, like, human life is not material. It cannot be replaced.”

The Mitchell family was shocked to get the call about the 30-year-old’s death on the first day of the new year.

Her father, who was incredibly proud of his daughter for being a fifth-generation member of the military, woke up to the news on his father’s birthday.

“I told all my children, ‘I want you to do better than what I have done,’” Mayo Mitchell said. “She and my children have so far, and she wanted to be the best that she can be in her military career. But that was cut short.”

Her mother, Deborah Mitchell, said she had just spoken with her daughter earlier that week.

“We talked to her Monday,” she said. “She was telling us her dreams.”

The drill sergeant is survived by her 10-year-old son.

“She was a beautiful, beautiful woman. She had a son, and he’s without his mom. I just want to give my prayers to her family, to her son, to her son’s father,” said Francesca Toby, the victim’s childhood friend.

The Mitchell family urges anyone who may have seen something to call the police.

“We heard there was no witnesses,” Ashley Mitchell said. “But it’s a highway. Someone had to see something.”

According to a spokesperson from Joint Base San Antonio, the drill sergeant’s death is being investigated by the San Antonio Police Department and the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division.

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