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Teens 14 and 13 accused of killing mother who fought them during break-in

Two young teens are accused of shooting to death 31-year-old Yesenia Gutierrez after they broke into a west Fort Worth apartment.
Two young teens are accused of shooting to death 31-year-old Yesenia Gutierrez after they broke into a west Fort Worth apartment.

Two teenage boys, 14 and 13, are accused of fatally shooting a mother who fought them after they broke into her family's apartment in west Fort Worth, police said Tuesday.

The teens were detained Sunday, police said.

At a detention hearing Monday, the boys were ordered to remain in custody at the Tarrant County Juvenile Detention Facility.

They face charges of delinquent conduct/capital murder in the shooting death of 31-year-old Yesenia Gutierrez Friday afternoon at the Manitoba Apartments.

As of Tuesday, police had not released any details about the killing other than a brief description on Sunday.

Family members have said Gutierrez was home alone Friday with her 3-year-old son in the family's west Fort Worth apartment.

Just after noon, burglars broke into the apartment and Gutierrez fought with one to keep him from entering the room where her young son was sleeping, a cousin said.

Minutes later, she was killed when one of the burglars opened fire, the relative said.

"She fought hard to keep the burglars from entering the room," Imelda Sanchez wrote on a GoFundMe account established for her cousin. "She was a brave dedicated mother of 3 boys and a daughter."

Police have not commented on what family members say happened to Gutierrez.

On Monday, officials with the Tarrant County medical examiner's office ruled Gutierrez died from gunshot wounds to the head and neck. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Police have released few details on the slaying, saying only that officers responding to a shooting call shortly before 12:30 p.m. at the apartment in the 8200 block of Calmont Avenue at the Manitoba Apartments located Gutierrez's body in the family's dining room. She had a gunshot wound to her upper body, according to police.

A native of Illinois, Gutierrez had been living in Texas with her husband and family. It wasn't immediately clear where her husband or the other children were during the break-in Friday.

"If you had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with her, you know how generous and kind she was," her cousin wrote of Gutierrez.

The GoFundMe account is to raise funds to pay for her funeral, her family said.

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