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Witness hopes suspect's extradition brings closure, justice

By Liz Kilmer, Reporter, LKilmer@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 25 2013 04:33:59 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 25 2013 05:54:39 PM CST

For almost eight years, Gene Deren waited, in pain, to learn the news he finally heard last week/

A witness at the scene of Barbara Torres's killing in downtown Reading in 2005 hopes "justice will be served" following the arrest and extradition of her alleged killer and estranged husband, Miguel Torres.

"I'll be satisfied after the trial," said Gene Deren, of Reading, who says he was feet away from the homicide near the Berks County Courthouse.

Deren said he had just left work and was sitting in his van when he heard Barbara cry for help, moments before hearing gunshots. He called 911 and ran to her side.

"Absolutely horrible. Just a horrible, bloody scene. You never forget it as the years go by."

Deren described the extradition of Torres as "good news," though he said it doesn't bring closure.

"I don't think that type of bloody scene, or the severity of it all, will ever go away," he said.

But more than Deren feels the trauma, he feels the pain for Barbara's family, and wants justice for their sake.

"It's more important for the family," he said.