Kendra Hatcher murder: Dallas police detain, charge Crystal Cortez

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Kendra Hatcher Murder: Dallas Police Detain, Charge Crystal Cortez

Police have arrested and charged a woman in connection with the shooting death of a Kendra Hatcher, a beloved Dallas dentist who was gunned down in the parking garage of her home.

Crystal Cortez, 22, was charged with murder and being held on a $250,000 bond, Dallas police said in a statement released Saturday. Cortez "admitted her involvement in the murder and has given detectives information that other unidentified suspects may have been involved," the statement added.

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Hatcher, an 35-year-old Illinois native, was shot and killed on Wednesday after she pulled into the garage at around 7:45 p.m., according to NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth.

As Hatcher parked, a figure emerged from a nearby Cherokee Jeep and appeared to approach the her. Witnesses described hearing a gunshot and the figure getting back into the Cherokee and driving away, police said.

Hatcher's death shook her friends and colleagues, NBC5 reported.


"I still can't believe she's gone — I don't understand." Christine Foley, a friend, told NBC Dallas Fort Worth. "She doesn't have a mean bone in her body at all. She would give you the shirt off you back if you needed it. That's why I don't understand."

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