Family says teen was target of violent home invasion




Posted on May 6, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Updated Monday, May 7 at 12:26 PM

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DALLAS — Dallas police said they have identified a female suspect in Sunday morning's attack that left a grandfather dead and three others injured in a Southeast Dallas home. 

Standing outside a fenced home in Southeast Dallas, Christina Lopez was in shock.

She says at midnight Saturday — while her family was sleeping — eight teenagers armed with guns and cloaked in masks launched a violent, surprise attack inside her family's home in the 700 block of Ezekial Avenue.

Lopez said the intruders had allegedly been feuding with her 16-year-old cousin, Olivia Hernandez.

"They were just out to kill her over... you know... little, I guess, little teenager problems, or whatever it is," Lopez explained.

Grieving family members said Olivia had been asleep along with her 55-year-old grandfather Lorenzo Moreno, his wife, and the couple's 38-year-old son Ricky Moreno.

It was Ricky Moreno who apparently suffered the first blow after opening the front door.

"Rick's a big boy," said Nita Moya, talking about her brutally beaten cousin. "Rick said he had about four of them at one time."

Another cousin, who lives across the street, heard the activity and called 911. He declined to speak to News 8 on camera, but confirmed that by the time police arrived, the suspects were gone — but not before fatally shooting Lorenzo Moreno in the chest. Moreno's family believes he was caught in the crossfire.

"He was defending his family, his wife and his grandkids," said a tearful family member.

Moreno's wife, who tore off her attacker's masks, suffered a brutal beating to her knees. Family members said her son was beaten so badly, he's unrecognizable.

They also claim that Olivia Hernandez was the intended target, and was apparently friends with the suspects. She now has three gashes in her head.

Her family hopes the assailants rot in jail.

"Had it been a heart attack ... we'd accept it because he worked all his life, but like this? This is a nightmare," said Nita Moya in disbelief.

Police have yet to arrest anyone, but investigators said the suspects will face charges including capital murder and aggravated assault.

The surviving victims are expected to fully recover from their injuries.