Fort Worth 911 call: ‘They killed my family!’

06/03/2014 9:55 AM

06/04/2014 8:48 AM

A Fort Worth husband returning home after working a night shift walked into a gruesome scene Tuesday morning.

“They killed my family!” James Serrano screamed in a 911 call placed shortly after 8 a.m.

Inside the house were the bodies of three women: two sisters and one of their daughters.

Fort Worth police continue to investigate the crime scene at the house in the 500 block of W. Felix Street in south Fort Worth.

The victims were identified as James Serrano’s wife, Cynthia DeLeon Serrano, 48, and daughter, April Serrano, 21; and Kathy DeLeon, 35.

“Three innocent women; three innocent women,” said Anthony DeLeon, the brother of Cynthia DeLeon Serrano and Kathy DeLeon. “If there’s anybody, anything they know, please help us. … These three ladies didn’t deserve this.”

Fort Worth police declined to comment on the causes of death.

It’s the second time in two days that Fort Worth police have been called to a crime scene where three bodies were found. Monday morning, police found bodies in a corner house in the 200 block of Sunset Lane in west Fort Worth.

‘They were fine’

Speaking to reporters at the scene of Tuesday’s homicides, relative Rosa Guerrero begged for anyone with information to come forward.

“Anything that can lead to whoever did it,” Guerrero pleaded. “We’re asking, please.”

Family members cried and clung to each other and later joined in prayer as detectives interviewed witnesses around the small, single-story tan house where the family lived.

The house is across the street from the Fort Worth Public Safety Training Center, which is under construction.

Guerrero said her aunt, Cythina DeLeon Serrano, went to church every Sunday, never missing a Mass.

“No one was expecting for this to happen to them,” Guerrero said.

Anthony DeLeon said the three women had all been safe at home when family members last had contact with them between 10 and 11 p.m. Monday.

“They were fine,” he said. “It’s a mystery right now.”

‘It’s really scary’

Lorena Hamilton, who lives a couple houses down the street, said the victims would sometimes walk by her house, exchanging greetings.

Hamilton said when she heard a police siren outside her house Tuesday morning, she assumed an elderly neighbor had fallen again.

“As I walked out here, I saw this woman screaming and crying, down on her knees,” Hamilton said. “I’m like, ‘What's going on?’ … and she told me they killed her family."

Panicked, Hamilton said she had her husband check their own house to make sure no one was inside.

"I’ve got three daughters of my own and a son. It's really scary."

Researcher Cathy Belcher contributed to this report.

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