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Fort Worth police hunt gunmen who fatally shot teen in the face

A teenager died after she was shot in the face in a house in the 3700 block of Bee Tree Lane Tuesday.
A teenager died after she was shot in the face in a house in the 3700 block of Bee Tree Lane Tuesday. Google Maps

The house where a teenager was found dead and a young man was wounded Tuesday was the focus of a narcotics investigation in May, Fort Worth police said Thursday.

Nancy Mata, 17, was pronounced dead at 9:55 p.m. Tuesday at the house in the 3700 block of Bee Tree Lane, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office reported. She had been shot in the face.

A man who was also shot remained in John Peter Smith Hospital Thursday, said officer Daniel Segura, a Fort Worth police spokesman. Detectives hope he will recover and be able to provide information about the shooting.

In May, Segura said, a man was arrested at the house during a narcotics investigation.

Court records show that Ricardo Casteneda Jr., 24, was arrested at that address on suspicion of felony possession of marijuana between 4 ounces and five pounds. A Tarrant County grand jury declined to indict him in July.

After the Tuesday shooting, neighbor told police they saw a car with two people — another witness said four — pull up to the house about 9:30 p.m., Segura said.

“One of the neighbors said he heard yelling and screaming,” Segura said.

Shortly afterward, neighbors heard multiple gunshots, he said.

Mata was a student at Paschal High School from 2012 to October 2014, a Fort Worth school district spokesman said.

The owner of the house at the address is Kevin Kelcey, according to the Tarrant Appraisal District.

Mata’s death was the first homicide of 2016 in Fort Worth. There were 61 homicides in the city last year.

Staff writer Ryan Osborne contributed to this report.

Monica S. Nagy: 817-390-7792, @MonicaNagyFWST

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