‘Yellowstone’ creator, local restaurateur chip in to help solve cold case murders in McLennan County

Published: Nov. 6, 2020 at 2:38 AM CST

WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Inspired by a donation to the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Unit from George’s restaurant owner Sammy Citrano, the family of Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan also made a contribution following a press conference Thursday.

“I think it’s important for families who have been terrorized by these scumbags,” said Sheridan’s wife Nicole Muirbrook. “I’m just so thankful for Parnell and his deputies and the many others who do this to help put some sort of peace with open files, cold case files.”

Muirbrook and her son were visiting Taylor’s cousin, Sheriff Parnell McNamara, in Waco Thursday and attended a press conference at MCSO headquarters.

During the media event, Citrano gave a $1,000 check to the MCSO’s Cold Case Unit.

“It’s something my wife and I think is very important in our community, been here 35 years, we think this just brings closure to a lot of people,” said Citrano. “This is something a lot of people probably wouldn’t think about, but I just thought if it helps someone who lost a daughter or lost a son and didn’t have any closure, and this does that for them, then that makes us feel great.”

Inspired by Citrano’s donation, almost immediately after the Sheridans decided to make a $5,000 contribution to the unit.

“We’re just grateful to help out in anyway we can,” said Muirbrook.

McNamara says the money will go toward travel expenses so their cold case investigations won’t be limited by county or state lines.

“We incur so many expenses on these investigations, some of them take us out-of-state, we’ve gone into Arkansas, Arizona, Louisiana, we’re getting to go into Alabama, so we need funds for hotels, gas money, and it just makes our unit so much more flexible and mobile,” said Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

The Sheriff, who recently won another term in office unopposed, says the support being shown for the unit has been incredible.

“You know it feels so good to have the support of our good citizens that we have here because we’re fighting for them every day, and we’re going to do everything we can to protect them and keep them safe, and one of the ways we’re doing it is bringing these hardcore killers to justice that have gotten away with it for years,” said McNamara.

Thursday was Citrano’s third time donating to the unit

“Every time I have I hear good things that they’re doing, and growing, and solving old cases, and I think that’s important,” said Citrano.

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