A beautiful Texas teenager shot to death last month was no innocent victim but a criminal killed in a robbery gone wrong, police now say.
Claudia Hidic, 17, was found dead near the back door of a man’s home in the Tanglewood neighborhood of Fort Worth on June 28, her body face down, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The back door had also been kicked in.
Her death, of a gunshot wound to the head, was ruled a homicide.
But while friends took to Facebook to mourn the loss of the stunning young woman, who would have been a senior at Trinity High School this fall, police revealed Hidic had put herself in the line of fire by organizing a robbery that ended in gunshots.
A source close to the investigation told the Star-Telegram that Hidic was the mastermind behind the theft, directing accomplices Curtis Fortenberry and Terrance Crumley, both 21, to rob a location she specifically chose.
The source, who spoke to the paper on condition of anonymity, said Hidic had been to the home before, where the threesome returned, at least one of them armed.
They reportedly entered the house through the back door, where between five and six people were home. A neighbor told the paper he saw four women running from the scene after gunfire erupted.
The man who found her body outside of his house told police he did know who Hidic was. By July 1, a police spokeswoman told the Star-Telegram the homeowner had stopped talking to investigators, though he was not a “person of interest in the case.”
In a press release to local media outlets, police confirmed Hidic had been inside the home prior to the robbery, and said she and the two men “engaged in criminal activity after planning and coordinating a robbery … against the occupants inside,” KCEN-TV reported.
Both Fortenberry and Crumley are now in police custody and have been charged with felony murder. They are being held on $100,000 bond. (DailyNews)