Fort Worth police need help to solve murder of 18-year-old killed by stray bullet

Fort Worth police need help solving the murder of an 18-year-old man who was killed by a stray bullet

Fort Worth police need public help to solve the murder of an innocent 18-year-old woman.

Fort Worth police need public help to solve the murder of an innocent 18-year-old woman.

Police released a blurry surveillance photo of two young men who may have information about the murder of 18-year-old Hailey Marie Watts. She was driving in an apartment complex last month when a stray ball hit and killed her.

Renea Dunn described her daughter as a loving, compassionate person who was always a good girl and never got into trouble. She spoke to Watts just an hour before she died and told her mother that she was out with her boyfriend to sell an old PlayStation.

Dunn is determined to find the person who Fort Worth police claim shot their 18-year-old daughter.

“You took a wonderful girl. You took a great, kind, loving, big sister, my daughter,” she said.

Police received the call on April 20 at around 6 p.m. from the LeBlanc Apartments park in southwest Fort Worth.

Dunn says her daughter was with her boyfriend that night, and the couple planned to stop by the complex to sell their PlayStation 4.

When they got there, the friend heard gunshots and told Watts to drive off quickly. But when she turned the corner, she found that she had been hit by a bullet.

“She drove. It actually went through the passenger side he was sitting on, completely missed him and hit her,” Dunn said. “As far as I know, it went through her arm, shattered it, and then went into her lungs.”

“Very sad deal to be killed at such a young age,” said Jimmy Pollozani, a Fort Worth police officer.

Police say the shooter escaped in a Hyundai Elantra and the two teenagers who were the intended targets ran away before officers arrived.

This week police released a blurry surveillance photo of the two young men whom police believe the shooter actually tried to aim. You can’t see their faces, but hopefully someone can see their distinctive clothing. The police believe they have information about the shooter.

“This is exactly what the detectives want to find out, what led to the shootings and what apparently resulted in an 18-year-old innocent woman being shot,” said Pollozani.

Dunn says her daughter just moved out last summer and was looking forward to starting a life with her boyfriend. But one of her greatest joys was being a big sister to 3 year old and 4 year old siblings.

“She loved her little sisters,” said Dunn. “My 4 year old, she keeps asking about Hailey and she knows that Hailey is in heaven with God and that one day we will see her again.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Fort Worth Police Department.

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