60-Year-Old Woman Killed in Apparent Burglary

Woman's death is second homicide in a month in neighborhood

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    Residents in a far East Dallas neighborhood are on edge after a woman was found dead in her home at the Quail Hollow Apartments, another murder happened nearby a few weeks ago. (Published Monday, Jan 7, 2013)

    A 60-year-old woman is the second homicide victim in a month in a far East Dallas neighborhood.

    Neighbors said the victim, Roberta Moore, had complained about security issues at the Quail Hollow Apartments near Scyene and Prairie Creek roads.

    "She's very on point about everything she's saying every time, every time, and I can't believe this has happened to her. I can't believe it," neighbor LaTrisha Ross said.

    Police on Sunday afternoon found Moore strangled after Ross and other neighbors noticed her window was broken.

    The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the cause of death as strangulation. Police said the motive appears to be burglary.

    "Sixty-year old lady -- sweet as she could be, don't mess with nobody -- and they took her life over a TV," neighbor Gary Jones said.

    Workers at the complex replaced a broken security light just outside Moore's broken apartment window Monday.

    Jones said it was too little, too late.

    "Why wait until something happens to do it? You know what I'm saying?" he said. "All of a sudden, somebody loose their life. [They] should have already did it. Here you're going to do it after that fact."

    Jones said security gates are often broken, allowing crime into the complex.

    Quail Hollow Apartment manager Lisa Navarro said Monday that her heart goes out to the victim's family. She denied that security issues are overlooked at the complex.

    "We've taken every measure possible," she said. "We have a courtesy patrol."

    Navarro said workers routinely repair lights and gates at the complex but people keep breaking them.

    Another homicide occurred less than a block from the apartments at a nearby Alon gas station on Dec. 16. Victor Mondragon, 29, was found shot to death in his car at the corner of Scyene and Prairie Creek roads.

    Soon after the Dec. 16 homicide, Dallas police released surveillance video of a suspicious man seen at the store around the time of the killing.

    Senior Cpl. Sherri Jeffrey said only a few calls came in as a result of the video. No arrests have been made in either case.