Can a 2-year-old girl solve her dad’s horrendous murder?
Jared Bridegan, a Microsoft executive and father, was brutally attacked in a upscale area of Jacksonville Beach, Florida in February.
Bexley, his daughter, was riding along with him on his way home when he stopped to change a tire blocking the road. At that point, he was shot and killed.
Police believe the tire was left on the street by the driver to lure the motorist out of his car.
Kirsten Bridegan, Bridegan’s widow says that their daughter is still struggling to understand what she saw.
“She remembers the sound of the gun shots. She often refers to them as “the boom — boom boom boom.” She remembers her dad being on the ground,” Kirsten said.
Kirsten shared a heartbreaking video captured on a security camera inside Bexley’s bedroom.
“I will protect Momma. Nobody could hurt you. I love you, and I really want you to stay here. Make sure bad guys don’t hurt you,”Bexley shares her story with her mother.
“She says things like that often, and it breaks my heart as a mother that my own daughter, my 2-year-old, is trying to comfort me when she’s one of the biggest victims in this,” Kirsten said.
Questions have been raised in the media over whether Jared Bridegan’s ex-wife, Shanna Gardner-Fernandez, was somehow involved with his death. Although they had a contentious custody and divorce battle, they reached a settlement before his passing.
Police have not identified anyone as a suspect.
Kirsten answered a question about whether she believed his ex-wife was involved. “I’m not comfortable saying, ‘Yes, definitely,’ unless there’s evidence to back that up, but I believe her actions since his murder have been very suspicious and they don’t sit well with me.”
Kirsten states Gardner-Fernandez wanted her to return library materials and give her a copy the death certificate 12 days following Jared’s passing.
Gardner-Fernandez says she “did not have anything to do with his murder.”
Kirsten stated that she just hopes that the murderer or perpetrators of her husband’s death are found soon.
“Nobody is safe until they’re behind bars,” Kirsten said.
Information leading to an arrest is eligible for a $55,000 reward