A North Texas father described as “possessive” fatally shot his daughter’s boyfriend after which ran over the couple earlier than driving away and taking his personal life Friday night, authorities mentioned.
Arlington police confirmed 22-year-old Omar Soto was gunned down within the Lincoln Sq. Procuring Middle at about 10 p.m. Friday after strolling over to introduce himself to his girlfriend’s father.
Soto, who studied structure on the College of Texas at Arlington, died on the scene. The identification of Soto’s girlfriend has not been launched; she stays hospitalized with critical accidents after being run over by her father.
Investigators mentioned officers had been referred to as to the procuring heart after witnesses reported listening to gunshots. Police arrived to search out two victims, Soto and his girlfriend.
Father Shot Daughter’s Boyfriend, Ran Over Couple: Police
Detectives quickly discovered that the woman’s father, later recognized by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s workplace as 43-year-old Rafael Brena Arteaga, adopted the couple to a movie show on the procuring heart.
Police mentioned because the couple and a feminine pal exited the theater and walked to their automobile, Arteaga lower them off.
A witness advised police it appeared Soto walked as much as Arteaga to introduce himself. Police mentioned when Arteaga requested Soto his identify, Soto responded and Arteaga shot him a number of occasions. Arteaga then obtained into his car and ran over each Soto and his daughter, earlier than driving away, police mentioned.
Officers later discovered Arteaga’s car on the west facet of town. After making an attempt to speak with him and receiving no response, officers approached the car and located him lifeless inside from an obvious self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In line with police, Arteaga, who had no legal document and was a licensed gun service, was recognized to be “over protecting” and “possessive” of his daughter.
The investigation into the murder-suicide is ongoing and police haven’t but confirmed a motive within the taking pictures.
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Omar Soto’s household and buddies gathered at his highschool alma mater, Moisés E. Molina Excessive College in Dallas, Sunday afternoon to have fun his life.
His buddies mentioned they didn’t know the younger lady he was seen with and by no means anticipated this to occur to Soto.
“He was the best man I ever met,” mentioned Carlos Martinez. “So good, humble particular person.”
Soto’s buddies mentioned he had his eyes set on grad college and turning into an architect.
“I obtained to go see him graduate and stroll the stage this summer time,” mentioned a younger man to the group of about 50 folks. “I advised him he’d be there for my commencement. I advised him I needed to go to UTA and be an architect similar to him.”
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Every wrote a particular message to Soto on a white balloon.
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