In April of 2016, 45-year-old Terri “Missy” Bevers was setting up her 5 a.m. workout class in a Texas church when she was murdered. According to reports, security footage of the church shows an unidentified suspect dressed from head to toe in police gear holding a hammer.
Missy’s cause of death was multiple puncture wounds to her head and chest.
Since that day, Missy’s husband, 43-year-old Brandon Bevers, has made it his life’s mission to find whoever killed the mother of his children.
He believes whoever did it knew his wife and had a motive, previously telling People:
“I still think whoever this person was knew my wife and had a motive. There’s no doubt about it.
There’s no reason why an individual would break into a church, dressed in that type of clothing and stage a robbery, or what would appear to be a robbery – going through the building, breaking glass and opening doors.
If that person was really there to commit a robbery, why did they kill my wife and leave her wedding ring on her finger?”
However now, more than a year later, neither he nor investigators have found any leads.
The lack of closure and constant questioning has, no doubt, taken a toll on Brandon, but he’s now recognizing that his incessant searching has taken a toll on others: his children.
In a letter to the “Crime Stories” podcast, Brandon announced that starting in 2018 he’d no longer focus on his wife’s murders and the surrounding facts — instead he’s focus on “who” his wife was. The Daily Mail reported he wrote, in part:
The children are not terribly fond of apprehending this person. They don’t want to revisit those emotions-they have told me this. They see/hear the daily anxiety I have in finding this person, and I think they are tired of the mentality this puts our day to day life in. They want normalcy, and happiness. I want justice, but I too fear the reality of bringing this case/person to trial and the emotional uncertainty that may go with it.
So you have to ask yourself, do you bang your head on the wall everyday with this? Do you allow the unsolved aspect of this to infiltrate your thoughts- put yourself in a foul state of mind every day when you have three kids to focus on?
He continued, writing that he once believed he owed it to Missy to find whoever killed her, but he’s now realized he was wrong:
That’s just not realistic. My duty to Missy is to memorialize her life, and that is exactly what I will do for her, and the children’s sake. She deserves this for all that she has contributed in our lives. I’m done talking about this investigation, theories, etc…
And he admitted he hasn’t been living the way is late wife would have wanted him to. Now, he says things will change for the better — for his children:
This behavior has not left Missy the real legacy she deserves- particularly in my children’s eyes. From this point forward, the only thing I will discuss is ‘who’ Missy was. Her contributions to my life, the children, this family, and numerous other people that she loved. You bet I loved her. I know without a doubt she loved me…
Although it’s surely not going to be easy jumping from an investigator’s mindset to full daddy-mode, Brandon is going to do his best to try and raise his kids the way his wife would have wanted: happy.