Family of chemical attack victim asks for prayers, wants answers

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on May 29, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 29 at 11:15 PM

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FORT WORTH — The family of a young woman doused with an unknown chemical that ignited and burned 75 percent of her body is still trying to figure out what led up to the assault.

Bianca Sanchez, 19, was inside a convenience store off Azle Avenue in Fort Worth last week when a woman ran into the store and dumped a flammable liquid on her.

The liquid ignited and Sanchez was engulfed in flames.

Since then, her family has been by her side day and night in the burn unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

"Our lives are basically shut down right now," said Tony Sanchez, the victim's father. "She is still 50-50, say the doctors."

Fort Worth police are staying tight-lipped about the investigation, not revealing much information about who was behind the attack or about a motive.

But News 8 has learned a woman familiar to Sanchez and a regular in neighborhood near the store is believed to be the suspect.

She still hasn't been caught. 

Tony Sanchez knows police are working the case, but he wants the woman who attacked his daughter off the streets sooner rather than later.

"There will be justice," he declared. "If not by the police, by God."

The father admits his daughter wasn't perfect, but still can't believe someone would resort to such a cruel assault.

Aside from the burns on her body, Bianca Sanchez is also suffering from a bacteria infection and blood clot.

Tony Sanchez says they should know more later this week about a long-term prognosis for her recovery.

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