Mother of slain Fort Worth store clerk had feared for his safety

FORT WORTH -- Rosa Maria Rojas-Torres worried every morning when her son Daniel left the family's home for his 6 a.m. job at a nearby convenience store.

"It's a dangerous job, but everyone liked him," Rojas-Torres said. And he enjoyed visiting with the regular customers, she said.

Rojas-Torres sobbed Wednesday afternoon as she talked about her 22-year-old son, a day after he was fatally shot during a robbery of the C&D Kwik Stop, 4125 Mansfield Highway.

"They had everything they wanted; they didn't have to kill him," Rojas-Torres said through an interpreter. "He was willing to give them whatever they wanted."

The driver of a Mrs Baird's delivery truck, who has not been identified, was also shot. He remained hospitalized Wednesday, a police spokesman said. His condition could not be learned. Police were still looking for the three robbers.

They released a surveillance video that appears to show Daniel Rojas-Torres complying with the robbers about 6:20 a.m. The driver also followed the robbers' demands, but both were shot as the robbers left, police said.

Born in Tamaulipas, Mexico, Daniel Rojas-Torres was the youngest of four children. The family moved to the United States when he was a child.

After graduating from Polytechnic High School in 2005, he attended Tarrant County College for one year before leaving to work more and save money, his mother said.

"He worked hard so that he could help others," she said. "It's terrible that a good person had his life taken by someone who doesn't care about human life."

The family must now somehow raise money for the burial, she said.

Rosa Maria Rojas-Torres, who was being comforted by relatives and friends Wednesday afternoon, tried to keep her composure but could not.

"That was my child," she screamed. "Why did they take him from me?"

NATHANIEL JONES, 817-390-7742