Vigil set for slain Rockwall teen

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by MARCUS MOORE, STEVE STOLER and JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 1 at 1:22 PM

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ROCKWALL -- Police are investigating the death of a 15-year-old girl in her Lake Rockwall Estates home as a homicide.

Surie Baeza, a freshman at Rockwall Heath High School, was found unresponsive by her mother and appeared to have been stabbed multiple times at her home in the 100 block of Lynne Drive. Autopsy results released Thursday found that she died from multiple stab wounds.

She also suffered multiple defense wounds where she tried to protect herself. 

Her mother discovered her body on Tuesday evening, calling police at 7:15 p.m. and mistakenly assuming she had killed herself. 

Rockwall Police Department Sgt. Jeff Welch said Baeza died from "a violent altercation." She had been repeatedly stabbed in the chest. However, there was no sign of forced entry or robbery, and no murder weapon was recovered.

No suspects have been publicly identified, and police haven't yet been able to pinpont the time of her death.

Police said Surie texted friends around noon Tuesday, and Ivan Herrero may have been one of the last people to see her alive.

"She had a blanket on her," he said recalling a brief visit to her home around 2 p.m. Tuesday to pick up the girl's younger brother. He said she was on the couch because Surie was home sick from school.

"I said, 'Hi, how are you doing?' She said, 'Fine, how about you?' And I go, 'Good.' And she goes, 'How was your day?' And I go, 'Good.' And I was like, 'Did you go to school?' And she goes, 'No, because I was sick.'"

Ivan can't remember if he saw anyone else at Surie's home.

Her mother didn't return for several hours, only adding to the mystery of who is responsible.

Outside Surie's home Wednesday night, friends left flowers and tears. "Oh, God," Brianna Aguinaga cried. "I just hope she's in the right place right now."

"She was really nice," said 10-year-old Gabriel Rodriguez. "Whenever I would go over there, she would always give me food. She was a really good person."

"I am shocked," said former neighbor Ivan Del Angel, who returned to his old neighborhood to leave flowers. "She was a normal kid." 

Investigators spent much of Wednesday speaking to those who knew the teenager.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy and the investigation is ongoing.

"[Citizens] should be concerned, and if there's any information they can relay to us — tips they want to give us — they can remain anonymous through Crime Stoppers or call the detectives directly working the case," Sgt. Walsh said.

"I don't understand why such a sweet young girl, only 15, was taken away from us," said Dallas Frasier, a friend of the victim.

The Lake Rockwall Community Center will host a vigil for the teen at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

E-mail mmoore@wfaa.com, sstoler@wfaa.com and jbetz@wfaa.com

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