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A rock was thrown during a custody exchange. Minutes later, tragedy hit a family

A Tarrant County grand jury indicted Adan Zaragoza, 31, of Alvarado on a charge of murder last month. He's accused of fatally shooting a Fort Worth man in February during a custodial exchange.
A Tarrant County grand jury indicted Adan Zaragoza, 31, of Alvarado on a charge of murder last month. He's accused of fatally shooting a Fort Worth man in February during a custodial exchange.

William Breeze and Lynn McCarey scheduled a custodial exchange on the afternoon of Feb. 18 on Pinto Trail involving their daughter.

Tension was high, as the two had had an argument during the day, according to an arrest warrant. Adan Zaragoza of Alvarado drove McCarey to the location.

Without saying a word, Breeze threw a rock and hit the windshield of Zaragoza's vehicle. McCarey and her daughter exited the vehicle, yelling at Zaragoza to leave, the warrant states.

But Zaragoza pulled out a handgun and fired once at Breeze before driving off, according to the warrant obtained by the Star-Telegram last week.

Breeze, 35, of Fort Worth died from the gunshot wound to his chest at a local hospital, according to a ruling by the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

Zaragoza was arrested a few minutes later at a nearby 7-Eleven after he called 911 to report the shooting.

A Tarrant County grand jury indicted Zaragoza last month on a charge of murder. The 31-year-old man remained in the Tarrant County Jail Sunday awaiting his trial.

The warrant gave the following brief account of the fatal shooting.

Zaragoza drove McCarey and her daughter to meet with Breeze on the afternoon of Feb. 18. McCarey and her daughter were in the front seat.

Zaragoza stopped his car near the curb in the 3500 block of Pinto Trail, and Breeze was on a sidewalk, approaching the front of the vehicle. McCarey and her daughter got out of the vehicle.

Breeze had never threatened him, but McCarey had been told by others that Breeze intended to fight or harm Zaragoza.

After Breeze threw the rock, Zaragoza stayed in his car, pulled out a handgun and fired one time, the warrant states. No words were exchanged between Breeze and Zaragoza.

Zaragoza drove to the 7-Eleven at 8521 Camp Bowie Blvd., where he reported the shooting. When officers arrived, Zaragoza admitted that he had shot Breeze, according to the warrant.

Breeze was unarmed and Zaragoza did not see anything in Breeze's hands before the shooting, the warrant states.

Zaragoza was in jail Sunday with bail set at $100,000.

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