Severely Disabled Collin County Woman Relied on Father Who Strangled Her in Murder-suicide

The disabled daughter of a former Lucas City Council member was completely dependent on her parents for her care, his former colleagues said days after he was found hanged and the 26-year-old was strangled in an apparent murder-suicide at their Collin County home.Donald Zriny, 58, was known as a devoted father to his daughter, Amanda Zriny, said former Lucas Mayor Rebecca Mark.Amanda Zriny was born with disabilities, according to court records. A doctor described her condition as “profound global developmental delay and mental retardation.”Her parents applied to be her permanent guardians in 2009, before Amanda’s 18th birthday. A Collin County court granted the request.“Amanda is not able to walk without assistance, speak, read or write,” reads a report by a court investigator. “Amanda is totally dependent on her parents and others for her daily needs. Due to the nature of her disabilities Amanda us not able to be left unsupervised.”Lourdes Zriny, her mother, couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday. No one answered the phone at her spa business.Records show she made the frantic 911 call Sunday evening, telling the operator through tears, “My husband killed my daughter!”“Who killed your daughter?” the operator asked her.“My husband, and he just hung himself!” she said.  Continue reading...

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