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Published on April 24, 2024
Teenager Killed, Two Injured at Fort Worth Prom Afterparty, Suspects Remain at LargeSource: Google Street View

A Fort Worth community is reeling after one teenager was shot dead and two were injured at a prom afterparty gone violent. The incident, which took place early Sunday at a residence on 3900 Singleleaf Ln., has left the neighborhood shaken and law enforcement seeking answers.

The dead has been identified as 19-year-old Daniel Olalde Moreno, according to The Dallas Express. Two others, whose names haven't been released, were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital and are said to be in stable condition, as reported by WFAA. Fort Worth police have yet to apprehend the suspects, who fled before their arrival.

The afterparty was meant to be a small gathering for Arlington Heights Senior Prom attendees but spiraled out of control after the address was posted on social media. An estimated 300 people crashed the event, leading to chaotic scenes and ultimately, gunfire. The fight that caused the shoot-out is believed to have been about a game of dice, said the mother of the student who hosted the party.

Local homeowner Eric Tatum, a former law enforcement officer, witnessed the mayhem unfold. "And then all of a sudden, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, in sequence," Tatum recounted to The Dallas Express. Evidence of the violence remained scattered in the streets, noting empty liquor bottles and two bullet shell casings left behind.

"It just doesn't make sense," lamented Tatum, who discovered a bullet hole in his garage door the morning after the shooting. "I can't wait to see it stop. I've been praying about that for a long time... You can disagree without being violently disagreeable," he added in his statement to WFAA.

This latest tragedy adds to Dallas' alarming crime statistics, with 63 murders recorded in the city as of April 19 this year. With the Dallas Police Department's force numbers being over 1,000 short of the recommended amount to address public safety efficiently, the issues of violence and slow emergency response times continue to plague the city.