A Texas mother was killed by a stray bullet during a nearby shootout.
Ana Moreno was driving her daughter Amy Rodriguez around Dallas on Saturday afternoon. She was a 39-year-old mother of three. Amy, a senior prom attendee that evening was out with her mother to have her hair done and pick up her dress. Around 4 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, Ana and Amy, who were driving in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood of the city, stopped near a shopping mall at the intersection between Bruton Road, and Masters Drive. Two men in separate cars then began shooting each other.
Amy claimed that she had told her mother to continue on and leave the area for safety. However, her mother did not respond. Amy cried as she said, “She landed on me and when I saw her, I saw blood, and I knew.”
Amy reportedly exited her vehicle quickly and asked for assistance. Jacob Faz was driving with his wife nearby and Faz went to help. Faz explained, “I put the shirt over the wound.” “I tried to get [her mother] to respond, but I was unsuccessful.”
Moreno, along with three other men, was transported shortly thereafter to a hospital nearby where Moreno’s death was declared. Three men are still in critical condition in the hospital. The police have not stated whether these men were innocent bystanders, like Moreno, or if they were directly involved in the shooting. No arrests have been made in this case.
Amy, sitting next to Michelle, her younger sister said: “I didn’t really care about prom.” “I didn’t give a damn about anything.” “I just wanted her to be okay.”
Michelle remembered her mother’s excitement for Amy’s prom. She was excited to finally see Amy get ready.
“She didn’t deserve it,” Michelle continued. “She didn’t.”
Family and friends gathered on Sunday, Mother’s Day as well, at the shooting occurred to release balloons to honor Moreno. The balloons featured red and gold colors, which were Moreno’s favorites. Amy stated that Moreno loved the color red. She would wear her red lipstick and gold jewelry everywhere she went.
Amy said, “We had a wonderful bond with our mother and it hurts to lose her so young. They took her away from us. It’s unfair. She was so talented, outgoing, and hardworking.