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Fort Worth police: Teen’s slaying came during drug-related home invasion

Bee Tree Lane
Bee Tree Lane

A shooting Tuesday that left a 17-year-old woman dead and her boyfriend critically wounded appears to have been the result of a drug-related home invasion robbery, police said Friday.

Nancy Mata was pronounced dead Tuesday night at the home in the 3700 block of Bee Tree Lane from a gunshot wound to the face.

Her boyfriend, 24-year-old Ricardo Casteneda Jr., was shot multiple times and remained hospitalized Friday.

Homicide Sgt. Joe Loughman said no arrests have been made in the case as of Friday but “we believe that this was a drug-related home invasion robbery.”

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

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

Shortly afterward, neighbors heard multiple gunshots, he said.

Loughman said it appears that a majority of the shooting occurred inside the house. He said Casteneda was able to run from the residence and get help from neighbors.

The house, where police say Castenada and Mata appear to have been living, was the scene of a narcotics investigation in May.

Court records show Casteneda Jr. was arrested as a result of that investigation and charged with possession of marijuana between 4 ounces and five pounds and delivery/manufacturing of a controlled substance (cocaine.)

A Tarrant County grand jury declined to indict Casteneda in July on the marijuana charge but returned a true bill in connection with the cocaine charge, court records show.

As part of a plea bargain, Casteneda pleaded guilty in October to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and was sentenced to seven years deferred adjudication probation, court records show.

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

Her death marked the first homicide of 2016 in Fort Worth. There were 61 homicides in the city last year, up from 51 in 2014.

Staff writer Monica Nagy contributed to this report.

Deanna Boyd: 817-390-7655, @deannaboyd

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