Friends, colleagues remember Texas dentist killed in shooting

A young Texas dentist who treated coworkers and patients with courtesy and care was killed in a shooting that has neighbors and her family determined to find justice.

Safety is the topic among residents of the Gables Park 17 in Uptown Dallas, where Dr. Kendra Hatcher, 35, was fatally shot September 2 inside a secure parking garage which should be accessible only to residents.

Dr. Hatcher, a University of Kentucky College of Dentistry graduate originally from Illinois, worked at Smile Zone Dentistry in Irving.

According to reporter Carla Wade for WFAA8, Dr. Hatcher’s family said in a statement that she always wanted to serve in the medical field and especially enjoyed working with kids:

Vigil2“She regularly sent stories home about her pediatric patients,” said a family spokesperson. “Kendra helped many kids. She and her entire family are very proud of her work.”

Thursday a small group of people who said they worked with Dr. Hatcher at Smile Zone Dentistry in Irving, Texas, created a small memorial outside the entrance to the parking garage where she was shot and killed.

“She was just very friendly you know,” said Ariel Ramirez. “Every time you came into work, she always said good morning. She said goodbye. She was silly sometimes.”

According to NYDailyNews.com, 23-year-old Crystal Cortez of Dallas was arrested Friday on capital murder charges. She told investigators she was paid $500 to drive a man to the parking garage to he could rob Dr. Hatcher.

Police ask that anyone with additional information or cellphone video call Detective Barnes with the Dallas Police Department Homicide Unit at 214-283-4818.

 

 

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