DISH — Co-workers and friends of a Dish woman who died early Sunday morning are in mourning and calling her death a senseless act of violence after she died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Two people are in custody in connection with the shooting death of Deidra Blackmon, 33, who was shot while she was driving down a Saginaw street.
Blackmon was a veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas, where she handled small-animal emergencies and critical care.
The Texas A&M University graduate grew up in Keller and graduated from Haltom High School, according to her company biography.
Bruce Nixon, the animal hospital’s chief of staff, said Blackmon was a victim of gun violence, and it’s important to help Blackmon’s family.
“While we mourn, we will do justice to her memory by continuing the work she loved so much,” he said.
Investigators said they believe an altercation occurred at a Saginaw convenience store between Blackmon, her friends and two suspects, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Saginaw police identified one suspect as Jeffrey Hansana, 24, of Haltom City and the other as Heather Rene Thompson, 22, of Euless.
Blackmon was driving her vehicle when another vehicle pulled up near hers and opened fire, Saginaw police said.
Blackmon was the only one hit even though two other people were in the car, authorities said, and police are still investigating the motive, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Police arrived shortly after the shooting before 1 a.m. in the 200 block of East Bailey Boswell Road, The Dallas Morning News reported.
According to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office, Blackmon died from a gunshot wound to her head at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where she was transported.
According to people who knew Blackmon, she and her friends were on their way home from a wedding. Several hours after the shooting, police released a surveillance video snapshot of a woman who may have information about the shooting and they want to identify and interview. The photograph came from the Saginaw store’s surveillance camera where the incident occurred.
Hansana faces a charge of murder and Thompson will be charged with failure to report a felony. Authorities took the two into custody about midnight Sunday. Hansana was being held at the Saginaw jail in lieu of $250,000 bail, and Thompson was in jail in lieu of $10,000 bail, according to The Dallas Morning News.
A memorial fund is being set up on behalf of Blackmon’s family to be used to further causes to which Blackmon dedicated her life’s work. To donate, visit http://aehnt.com/memorial.html and click the donate button.
A memorial service will be held for Blackmon at 3 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Church of Christ located at 4201 Heritage Trace Parkway in Fort Worth.
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