Amanda Trang Puckett was murdered in on June 29, 1994 during an attempted robbery of her mother’s jewelry store. The now convicted murderer, Eugenio C Quijano, Jr was trying to steal jewelry, and had parked outside the store for hours that morning to plan his attack. He entered the store and asked Amanda to view some jewelry. She opened the case and reached in for an item when he killed her with a gunshot to the back of the head. After he fired, he pulled Amanda to the back offices and proceeded to the front to clean out the showcases. The shop owner from the store next door came in and screamed in shock. This startled Quijano, so he ran away and aborted his robbery. He took Amanda's life that day, and no jewelry. No cash. Amanda died the next day in the hospital on June 30, 1994. She was only 16 years old.
All of the members of Quijano’s immediate family assisted him hide from the authorities, including destroying the murder weapon. After 11 months, Sgt Eddie Herman caught up to Quijano. With a search warrant in hand, Quijano was found hiding under his bed like a coward. This monster was removed from under the bed by the seat of his pants and read his rights. Quijano was successfully convicted and sentenced to a life term in prison with a chance for parole. Our goal is to ensure he never is granted the chance to see freedom ever again as this monster is a dangerous killer with no regard for human life. If he walks the streets again, he will kill again.
We Need Your Help
The best thing you can do to help us keep Quijano behind bars forever is to write a letter to the Parole Board. Send them your thoughts on how you feel about this crime and Amanda’s life that was taken away forever. We’ve had the opportunity to speak directly with the Parole office and the Chair of the Board, and they have expressed a sincere interest in hearing from you. They’ve also asked for any pictures when possible to help them understand more about Amanda’s life.
Please note that the Parole Board’s file is STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL - the family does not have access to the letters you write to them.
Although there are no requirements in writing your letter, here are a few items we’d like to suggest you consider:
- Include Amanda Puckett’s name and her date of birth, which is December 27, 1977
- Include the convicted murderer’s information: Eugenio C Quijano, Jr - GDC ID #897977
- Be sure to include your full address, email, and phone number. They keep track of every person that writes them. They will add you to their interested list and send you information on any updates on this case.
- Write as much or as little as you want. Tell about your feelings and thoughts, with no restrictions on what you want to talk about.
- You don’t need to be family, or even have known Amanda directly. The only requirement is to have been impacted in some way by this crime.
- Sign the letter with your own handwriting. This personalizes your message and has more of an impact.
We hope that with enough of your letters, we will make it very difficult for the Parole Board to provide this criminal a second chance on a normal life. Thank you in advance for taking the time to write your thoughts, your efforts are greatly appreciated.
Send your letter to:
Office of Victim Services
State Board of Pardons and Parole
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE
Suite 458, East Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334