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Teen died protecting his friend from suspects, sister says

Suspects at Grand Prairie killing

Grand Prairie police asked for help to identify these suspects in the Oct. 16 killing of a teen. The suspects arrived in a newer model white Ford F-150.
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Grand Prairie police asked for help to identify these suspects in the Oct. 16 killing of a teen. The suspects arrived in a newer model white Ford F-150.

On most evenings, Dionicio Coronel would go over to his friend’s house after work and visit.

That’s where the 19-year-old from Grand Prairie was the night of Oct. 16 when four people showed up and one of them shot him.

“My brother was just protecting his friend,” Monica Coronel, Dionicio’s sister, said in a telephone interview Thursday. She was not present at the shooting but said she talked to his friends.

“They may have tried to rob him (brother’s friend) or something and my brother was just trying to help him.”

Dionicio Coronel died from the gunshot wound and one of the four suspects has been arrested. Police identified him as Saul Blanco, 17, of Grand Prairie. He was taken into custody a few days after the shooting. But police said Thursday that three other suspects remain on the run.

In addition, police said they were unclear on a motive for the shooting.

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Dionicio Coronel, 19, of Grand Prairie Courtesy: Family of Dioncio Coronel

Monica Coronel said she doesn’t believe her brother knew Blanco or any of the other suspects.

“My brother was 19 and he’s (Blanco) 17, so I don’t believe they had common friends or acquaintances,” she said.

Dionicio Coronel had graduated from Crosswinds High School in May and he had been working at a Grand Prairie furniture company as a salesman and deliveryman.

On the night of Oct. 16, Dionicio Coronel finished work at the furniture business and went over to his friend’s home in the 3000 block of Lisetta Street. The location was just a few blocks from his home.

That friend could not be reached by the Star-Telegram.

“My brother had known him for years,” his sister said Thursday. “His family was even there.”

After he got there, Monica Coronel said the suspects arrived and there was some type of scuffle.

“My brother was unarmed,” his sister said. “It should not have ended like that.”

A funeral service for her brother was held Sunday in Grand Prairie.

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Saul Blanco Courtesy: Grand Prairie police

Blanco remained in the Grand Prairie Detention Center Thursday in lieu of $500,000 bail.

He faces a charge of capital murder, police said.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763,@mingoramirezjr
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