Carol Brumback remembers her brother years ago mentioning the awful tragedy that had befallen one of his colleagues — the murder of his son.
There seemed to be no inkling that Roger Brumback's own life could be in danger.
“I don't think he thought of it as a threat,” said Carol Brumback, a 62-year-old resident of western Maryland. “He had no idea who could possibly be the suspect. He wasn't concerned.”
Carol Brumback gave the most detailed interview a family member has given since the May murders of Creighton University pathologist Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary. She spoke of the thankfulness the Brumback family feels after the arrest of Dr. Anthony J. Garcia as the suspect in the killings.
In the two months since the Brumbacks' deaths, Carol Brumback has tried to focus on their lives and contributions. There was Roger, a scientist from a very young age, who would finish his assigned labs in chemistry class quickly so he could launch into experiments of his own. He grew into a serious man but also had a fun side and was always there for his family.
And there was Mary, who was like a sister to Carol Brumback. A woman of modest tastes, Mary loved to cook and bake, once making more than 160 pounds of fudge to give away as gifts at Christmas.
The Brumbacks were looking forward to the new life they would soon be starting in West Virginia, where they had bought a home. All their plans were cut short.
Carol Brumback speculated that her brother may have let the suspect into his home the day the Brumbacks were killed, having known the man who had been fired from a Creighton pathology residency more than a decade earlier.
“It's awful what he did to my brother and sister-in-law,” she said. “I'm so glad the Omaha police and FBI were working so diligently to figure out who had done this.”
Creighton issued this statement from the children of Roger and Mary Brumback:
“We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation for all of the time and energy of all law enforcement officers involved in this investigation and their continued work in ensuring any guilty party is brought to justice. They have given part of their lives to provide our family with some degree of closure and for that, we are grateful. We are also thankful for the continued support from the community and for everyone's understanding of our need for privacy.''