February 5, 2014

Fort Worth police arrest suspect in death of TCU student

A 21-year-old Fort Worth man faces a murder charge in the death of TCU senior Steward Trese, police said Wednesday.

A 21-year-old man faces a murder charge in the death of a TCU student Tuesday morning in the hallway of a campus apartment building, Fort Worth police reported Wednesday.

David Hidalgo of Fort Worth was in custody Wednesday, accused of killing Stewart Trese, 23. Police declined to release any other information, including how Hidalgo came to be a suspect.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office had not released the cause of Trese’s death by Wednesday evening.

On Tuesday, police reported that Trese died after an “altercation” with an acquaintance. He was pronounced dead at 9:22 a.m. Tuesday in a hallway of his apartment at the GrandMarc at Westberry Place apartments, 2855 W. Bowie St.

On Wednesday, Trese’s father, Dr. Thomas Trese, referred all questions about the case to Fort Worth police.

“I really don’t know what happened,” he said in a phone interview.

“He planned to graduate during the summer, and he had attended several job fairs,” the father said. “His minor was in Japanese, and he had hoped to use that along with his marketing degree to land a job.”

Stewart Trese attended Hill School in Fort Worth from third grade until he graduated as valedictorian in 2009, according to the school’s website. The private school specializes in helping students with learning differences.

He was on the varsity tennis team and was active in the Key Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a member of the National Honor Society. He was named a 2009 National Merit Commended Student his senior year at Hill School. He also volunteered 230 hours in the community.

Tarrant County district court records show one conviction for Hidalgo. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail in September 2012 on a charge of assault/bodily injury. According to an arrest warrant affidavit in the case, a 17-year-old Paschal High School student told police that she was waiting in the lunch line on April 18, 2012, when Hidalgo “cut the line behind her” and “pushed her and demanded that she move out of the way.”

They shoved each other, and he jabbed the girl’s arm with a pen, which broke the skin and raised a bruise, according to the affidavit.

Hidalgo was 20 at the time. The affidavit did not explain why he was in the high school lunch line.

Clint Bond, a spokesman for Fort Worth schools, said Wednesday that he had no direct knowledge of the incident but noted that state law allows students up to age 21 to attend school.

Hidalgo is not a TCU student, Kathy Cavins-Tull, vice chancellor for student affairs, wrote in an email.

Staff writer Bill Miller contributed to this report, which includes material from Star-Telegram archives.

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