FORT WORTH -- Christina Davila planned to take her two young children to Chuck E. Cheese's on the afternoon of Oct. 23. Then later that Sunday, the 21-year-old and a friend planned to go to a movie.
But early that morning, Davila was killed and seven of her friends were wounded when a gunman or gunmen opened fire at a house on Frazier Avenue.
Nearly three weeks later, police have not arrested anyone in the attack that stunned the south-side neighborhood.
To try to get new leads, Davila's grandmother and guardian, Linda Rodriguez, granted her first interview Wednesday, talking about the granddaughter she had raised since she was a toddler and the shooting that left Rodriguez caring for a 2-year-old great-granddaughter and a 3-year-old great-grandson.
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Rodriguez and relatives and friends plan to go into neighborhoods this weekend to distribute fliers on behalf of police asking for information on the attack.
Sgt. Cheryl Johnson said police are following up several leads. "We are keeping our focus on the facts of the case and are investigating all possible motives. At this time one predominant motive has not surfaced," she wrote in an e-mail.
Johnson said investigators have not ruled out gang involvement.
Davila worked at Club Chrome on East Belknap Street, finishing up about 3:30 a.m. Oct. 23. She and a co-worker then drove to the house in the 3700 block of Frazier Avenue, where there was a party. Rodriguez said her granddaughter knew everyone at the party.
Davila and her boyfriend were near the front door about 4 a.m. when a gunman wearing a dark hooded jacket walked up and fired into the crowd.
Davila's boyfriend "said he felt a shot going into the back of his leg," Rodriguez said. "He then grabbed Christina, pulled her down and laid over her.
"He said that he heard the gunman reloading," Rodriguez said. "I've also been told that there could have been two to three shooters."
Davila died from a gunshot wound to her neck.
Davila's boyfriend was hit at least 10 times, Rodriguez said, noting that he was scheduled to be released from a Fort Worth hospital this week.
He could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Rodriguez said she is convinced that Davila or her boyfriend was the target of the attack because most of the shots were fired in their direction and because the shooting occurred just minutes after her granddaughter arrived.
She said she has talked to several victims who were at the house, which was rented by several men who had moved to the neighborhood a few months earlier.
Police said the intended target is unclear.
One person of interest was interviewed but was eliminated as a suspect, police have said.
Davila planned to enroll at Tarrant County College in the spring, trying to set a foundation for a medical career that would help support her two children.
Born in Fort Worth, Davila attended Lily B. Clayton Elementary, McLean Middle School and Paschal High School. She earned her GED and worked at various stores in the city.
In her teenage years, Davila told her grandmother about fights among gangs and drive-by shootings in neighborhoods.
"I had warned about being around those type of people, and I thought she had stopped since she had her two kids," Rodriguez said. "She also had told me not to worry, that she wasn't around that kind of stuff."
The weekend she was slain, Davila had promised her grandmother that she would be home after work.
"I guess they heard about the party at work," Rodriguez said. "I don't know what was going through her mind for her to go there."
Staff writer Deanna Boyd contributed to this report.
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