"She's in heaven right now training with the greats:" Local gym trainers remember New Year's homicide victim
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Cindy Burnett was a fighter, lawyer and mother of two sons.
"She was all about her kids," friend Joey Rivera told 9 On Your Side. "She loved Chaz, she loved Von. She did everything and anything to make them happy."
Burnett and her sons trained at Rivera's Apex Mixed Martial Arts gym. She was in her element inside the ring, gloves on and throwing punches.
Burnett is one of the two victims in the New Year's morning double-homicide Tucson police continue to investigate.
Tucson police interviewed a Yellow Taxi cab driver who drove Burnett and another man from the Junxion Bar downtown to The Vistas neighborhood early Wednesday morning.
Police are now looking for an African American man in his mid-20s or early 40s. He may have burns on his arms and face from the airbags in the car he crashed, Sgt. Chris Widmer told 9 On Your Side.
32-year-old Patrick Balbastro was a good samaritan who tried to help Burnett. He also died when the man beating Burnett in the street hopped in his car and drove over both of them.