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August 2007-May 2009

January 2011

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June 2010

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August 2007 - May 2009

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• Emerson College's Print Journalism ExcellenceAward in May 2011.

• Florida Community College Press Associationsecond place for best feature story in 2009.

• National Association of HispanicJournalists Newhouse Scholar in 2009-2010.

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DEA targets clinic's many prescriptions

Doctor who prescribed oft-abused painkillers denies any wrongdoing

By LAURA C. MOREL Staff Writer

Federal drug enforcement agents allege that a longtime Dallas doctor took cash pay- ments to prescribe highly abused medications for patients without examining them. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administra-

tion declined to specifically discuss details of Dr. Habiboola Niamatali's case because it is an active investigation.


officials in June raided his

clinics in Garland and Lancaster, as well as his Dallas home. Niamatali said agents took charts, prescription pads and cars and seized

four bank accounts belonging to him or his wife, Shirley. A 68-page search warrant affidavit filed in the case alleges that more than 70 percent of Niamatali's controlled substance prescriptions were for hydrocodone, alprazolam and

tor himself, DEA

But according to court records and the


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promethazine with codeine.


The affidavit says that out


about 6,000 Dallas-area

practitioners licensed to write

prescriptions for controlled substances in 2010, Niamatali ranked second in the number

Lara Soft/Staff Photographer

A federal affidavit says that one person said that Dr. Habiboola Niamatali told all his pa- tients to usethe Bestaidpharmacy located next to Niamatali's clinic inLancaster.

of hydrocodone prescriptions

issued that year. And it says that he made about $1 million

on hydrocodone prescriptions


2008 and December 2010. The country has a serious prescription drug abuse prob- lem," said DEA Diversion . Control special agent Gary Boggs. Some doctors, he said, "would rather make money il- legally and cause tremendous harm to the public in order to get that money." In interviews at his Gar- land office and by phone, Nia- matali maintained that he has done nothing wrong. "What has happened is that I have told them the truth and



Mona Reeder/Staff Photographer

Howard Hampton is accused of selling Vicodin and Xanax pills to an undercover officer. He's a patient of Habiboola Niamatali. "He's a good doctor," Hampton said.


have a difference as to what

tients end up suffering be-

Court documents note that



reasonable and what is un-

cause of it"

Niamatali opened his clinic in

reasonable" Niamatali said. "I'm in the belief that I was do- ing the right thing." Although the doctor has not been indicted on any charges, the allegations have

abuse of prescription drugs

Bom in Guyana, Niamata- li, 70, has been a practicing doctor in Texas for nearly 30 years, according to the Texas Medical Board. Although his Texas medical license is active,

the morning and reopened at night until about 11:30 p.m. Investigators also observed lines forming outside the clin- ic before opening time at 9

emerged during what has be- come a nationwide spike in prescription drug abuse. According to a 2009 na- tional survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Ser- vices Administration, the

ranks second behind marijua-

Niamatali confirmed that his DEA registration —which al- lows him to prescribe con- trolled substances — is sus- pended. At both of his clinics, a pa- per is taped onto the glass doors. In black letters, the sign says that no prescriptions

According to the affidavit, on Nov. 12 an investigator overheard someone in the line talking on the phone about selling "60 each for $75." The person later told the investiga- tor that Niamatali was "the biggest quack in the world" and "all you have to do is tell

abuse in the United States. When used properly, hy- drocodone serves as a moder- ate pain reliever. But a DEA spokeswoman, Barbara L. Carreno, said it is one of the most commonly abused pre- scription drugs, in part be- cause some doctors prescribe larger amounts than what the patient needs, leading to "ex- tra medicine out there," Clinics where doctors pre- scribe controlled substances


for hydrocodone, Xanax or promethazine with codeine will be written, "Per DEA Or- ders." According to the affidavit, officials went undercover as patients at Niamatali's clinics between November and April. During their visits, they re- ceived "prescriptions for con- trolled substances without demonstrating medical need." In an interview, Niamatali said he noticed that many of

him what you want and he will givfittoyou." Questioned about allega- tions that he prescribed medi- cations without "Xflmining patients, Niamatali said he does examine most of his pa- tients but doesn't always do so for his regular clients. "You cannot examine them because you know their prob- lem," he said. *Ib a great ex- tent, you get a feel for what you're dealing with."

for no apparent medical pur- pose are called "pill mills" and such facilities "give good doc- tors a bad name," said Garland pain medicine specialist Dr. CM. Schade. Although he was not famil- iar with the Niamatali case, Schade — a former president

his patients were increasingly demanding "nasty drugs." Many patients claim to have back pain, anxiety or cough- ing to obtain controlled sub- stances, he said. To combat their drug de- pendence, Niamatali said he eventually began to "divert"

Authorities eventually ar- rested several of Niamatali's patients, including 51-year- old Howard Hampton. Inves- tigators say that in December, Hampton sold 90 Vicodin and Xanax pills to an undercover officer for more than $150. He was charged with two


the Texas Pain Society —

patients to other medicines

counts of delivery of con-

said pill mills "give pain clinics



have a "street

trolled substances and is be-


bad name. Legitimate pa-


ing held at the Dallas County Jail in lieu of $55,000 bail.



month with The Dallas Mom- ing News, Hampton said that


a jail


he had never sold prescription drugs before December. He said he needed money to catch the bus home. Investigators said that Hampton referred to Niama- tali as a "narcotics doctor" when he spoke with them, but

during the jail interview with The News, Hampton denied making that statement


about what he's doing,"

Hampton said. "All I know is

he was treating

good doctor." The affidavit further notes that one person said "all of Niamatali's patients are being told to use Bestaid Pharmacy" located next door to the doc- tor's Lancaster clinic. Hamp- ton was arrested after filling his prescription there. Between Sept 21 and Dec. 31, the Bestaid pharmacy or- dered 73,100 hydrocodone tablets, more than double the average amount ordered by pharmacies in that amount of time, according to the affida-


The document also says that Dr. Emmanuel Amadi, owner and head pharmacist at the Bestaid, "is intentionally filling non-medically neces- sary prescriptions, primarily written by Niamatali, for con- trolled substances for indivi- duals for cash." No charges have been filed against Amadi, who declined comment. His attorney, James Guinan, said that there is an "administrative matter con- cerning" Amadi's DEA regis- tration, which had been tem- porarily suspended. But Gui- nan added that "Dr. Amadi believes he's complying with all the policies and regulations

he's required to."

Asked about a connection to the drugstore, Niamatali said "nobody is referred to any pharmacy." And he said that he is willing to work with the DEA to stop prescription drug abuse. "What I do not deserve is to have trial without my input I need to hear what they have to say, they need to hear what I have to say," Niamatali said. "There needs to be a meeting of minds."

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Metro cover

July 6, 2011

There are other victims out there. But they don't want to do anything."

Gilberto Martinez,

Dallas policedetective

Ice cream vendors face robber} 7 risk

Street vendor

Jose Ayala bears a scar on his leg from a run-in with a would- be robber last month.

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cream vendors. "There are other victims out there," said Martinez, who works in the southwest inves- tigative unit, which includes Oak Cliff, where many palete- cos work and arc victimized. J But they don't want to do any- thing."

Dallas policeofficials said it is unclear exactly how many palvtcro robberies are report- ed each year because ice cream vendor-related cases are not consistently flagged in their police report system. So far this year, police records indi- cate there arc about 11 robber- ies listed under the name of ice< cream shops in Dallas. Many more go unrcported, Martinez said, because most puletems arc illegal immi- grants iind fear being deport- ed. But police won't pursue an ice cream vendor who comes forward with infoimationjuit because he is undocumented, the detective said. "Don't be afraid of us. We don't care about your status," Martinez said. "Wecare about these guys that are commit- ting these wrongdoings." Another reason vendors don't come forward, is that many of them emigrate from Mexico, where authorities are often corrupt, Martinezsaid. "It's not Mexico. It's the United States," he said. "You haverights." Omar Gallegos, 36, is one of the few palaeros who did come forward. An ice cream vendor for two years, he called 911 when he was robbed at gunpoint on June 9.


tailed the robbery to Martinez as the two sat inside Gallegos'

Oak Cliff home. Gallegos said a mandriving a beige Isuzu stopped his car next to his cart. The man got out of the car and showed Ga- llegos his gun. "I'm going to shoot you if you don't give me yourmoney" the man said. Fearing for his life, Galle-




Photos by vemon Bryanr/staff Photographer

Porfirio Angeles is among vendors who sell ice cream on Oak Cliff streets to make ends meet. Raul Rodriguez, presi- dent of Frutitas, says he has three vendors this year, compared with 20 in past years.

gos gave him

pocket Gallegos quit the job days later but said he did so because of the heat, not be- cause of the robber)'.

in his

the $45

Reluctance to talk

Although police have not caught the robber, Martinez said just getting Gallegos —or artypaktero —to talk to police was a big step. "Just sitting down withthat paktero doesn't happen very often," the detective said mo- ments after the interview. In 2005, police said there was a string of ice cream ven- dor-related robberies in the city, including one in which 28-year-old Alfonso Fuentes, an Oak Cliff vendor, was shot and killed by a 14-year-old boy. Joel Zubiri was convicted of capital murder in April 2006 and sentenced to life in prison.

To tight back against the at- tacks, Gerardo Monreal, then

a southwest neighborhood po-

lice officer, launched a pro- grain to protect icecream ven-

dors. As part of the initiative, Monreal and other southwest officers asked the public to do- nate cellphones that were lat-

er distributed to any ice cream

vendor who did not own one. Police also encouraged ice cream shop owners to pay ice crearn vendors if they couldn't work because they were testi- fyingin court. "It made it easier for them

to see or view the police as a friend and as a person that was out there to help them," Monreal said. By 2007, Monreal was •ansferred to the Dallas po- lice media relations office. That year, the number ofpal- etero robberies "just really dropped," Monreal said. After

he left, though, no one took


longer exists. Dallas police SgL Saul Sar- miento said last week that it wouldn't hurt to revive the program. "It would be a good idea as far as being proactive, 7 " Sar-


But for paleteros such as

Pablo Arellano, who is hard of hearing, a cellphoneoffers lit- tlehelp. "Because 1can't hear well, I haven't really wanted to buy a cellphone," said Arellano, who said he makes about $50 a


Multiple incidents

An ice cream vendor for 25 years, Arellano said he has been robbed about six times. The last time was three years ago, when he was beaten and hospitalized.

over the program



Someone tried to robAyala last month, but he said he used the bat he sometimes carries to fend them off. Ayala said he often works until 8:30 p.m. beciiuse he makes more sales after sundown. "In the morning, who is go- ing to buy an ice cream bar?" he said. The earnings vary by ice cream vendor, but are usually about $60 aday, said Raul Ro- driguez, president of Frutitas, an Oak Cliff ice cream shop. In past years, his shop has had about 20 vendors at a time. But this year there are only three becausepeople fear working in the streets, he said. When his vendors go out to work, Rodriguez offers them all the same advice: Hand over the money if you are robbed. "Life is svorth more than what they can take from us," Rodriguez said.


In and out of jail, and stffl in U.S.

Case shows difficulty of keeping out 'crimmigrants'; critics say priority should be on 'bigger fish'

Second in a two-part series. By LAURA C. MOREL

Staff Writer

Diones Graciano-Navarro has been ar- rested at least 40 times in four states. His rap sheet had humble beginnings with charges of loitering in New York City in 1975. In New Jersey, he graduated to fraud. By 1988, he was in California. He was charged with obtaining money by fraud or trickery. Later came cocaine possession. The Dominican Re- public native was deport- ed twice. But he slipped back into the U.S., settling in North Texas, where in 2004 he started collecting DWT and marijuana pos-

session charges Almost half ofthe near-


detained by Immigration

and Customs Enforce- ment who were deported last fiscal year had criminal records. But Graciano-Na- varro, 63, is not the best poster child for the Obama administration's recent victory laps over increased deportation of criminal aliens who shouldn't have been in the U.S. in the first place. Instead, the Graciano-Navarro case highlights the difficulty of keeping "crim- migrants" out of the country. It took de- cades for the system to evolve, and Gracia- no-Navarro ran free in post-9/11 America for most of 10 years before the system caught up with him. In March, he began serving a sentence at the Tarrant County jail for DWI. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

NAV ARRO h as a long arrestrecord inthe U.S.



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Illegal immigrant hid in plain sight —jails

Continued from Page!A

flagged him for special atten- tion; Graciano-Navarro plead-

ed guilty to illegal re-entry after

deportation, a federal charge sought against aliens who have re-entered the country illegally after previously being deport-


"This guy was arrested over and over and over again," said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies in Wash- ington, D.C. "Those are victims who shouldn't have been vic- Having these different penalties is one way to make it less attractive for people to comeback." Graciano-Navarro is a ca- reer criminal, but also a petty criminal. His only felony ar- rest, for armed robbery, ap- pears to have never resulted in charges. Some say the tens of thou- sands of dollars or more and the time it takes for law en- forcement officers to imprison criminals such as Graciano- Navarro may not be worth it- He's now being held at a fed- eral prison in Fort Worth pend- ing sentencing. He and his at- torney declined to comment

Evolving system

Illegal re-entry after depor- tation is the second most com-

mon charge in federal prosecu- tions thus far this fiscal year, according to the Transactional Records AccessClearinghouse,



There were about 20,000 prosecutions in 2008, during the Bush administration. Through May of this fiscal year, there had already been 24,577 prosecutions. Before the federal prosecu- tors take an illegal re-entry case, ICE checks an illegal im- migrants deportation and

research organization based Syracuse University.

BY THE NUMBERS Deportations

Deportations of immigrants who committed crimes or traffic violations rose to new highs nationwide last year, totaling more than 195,000 people, The Associated Press reported recently. That's about half of the almost 393,000 illegal immigrants returned to their country of origin in fiscal year 2010.


The Dallas office, which covers the central region, encompassing 128 counties in North Texas plus Oklahoma, said16,136 illegal immigrants were returned to their countries of origin last fiscal year, of which slightly more than half had criminal convictions. The overall number of deportees from the Dallas office wasdown from 19,190 in fiscal year 2009. but the share of criminal deportees that year was only about a third.

criminal history, and whether that person has already been ordered deported.

Before the Sept U, 2001, terrorist attacks, said Paul Zol- tan, a Dallas-based immigra- tion lawyer, "the link between the jails and DHS was pretty sloppy." "It was far more frequent that someone might finish a criminal sentence or pay off a

and go unnoticed by


immigration officials," he said.

After the terrorist attacks, immigration and law enforce- ment grew more aggressive about working together. Law enforcement agencies began to welcome more immigration of- ficials inside jails. The porous old system

worked for Graciano-Navarro

for decades, even the years af- ter 9/11 Zoltan called his case bizarre and said he'd never heard of one quite like it

A petty criminal

Graciano-Navarro was ad- mitted into the United States as a permanent resident in January 1968.


Cart Rusnok. director of communications for the central region, said the increased number of criminal deportees was because "our priorities changed significantly to specifically target criminal aliens." A breakdown of deportees by crime is not available by region, but nationally the largest numbers of offenders were for drug-related crimes.

Diane Jennings

A criminal complaint filed against Graciano-Navarro for his illegal re-entry case details more than a dozen arrests in New Jersey, New York, Califor- nia and Texas. It briefly notes there were at least 27 more be- tween November 1970 and June 2006. In addition to numerous fines, his 36-year arrest history includes charges of theft and bribery, gambling, fraud, mari- juana and cocaine possession, andDWIs. His sentences, at various times, included terms of two, eight, 10,55,69 and 91 days in jail. His probation was revoked once, and he was sentenced to two years in prison. Carl Rusnok, ICE spokes- man in Dallas, confirmed that he was deported twice, the first time on Dec, 6,1995. Shawn Smith is the federal prosecutor in Graciano-N'avar- ro's illegal re-entry case. He would not comment on why Graciano-Navarro was deport- ed because it is "not part of the public record in our case." But documents show that 11 months before he was deport-



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ed, Graciano-Navarro was ar- rested for obtaining money by fraud/cards and conspiracy to commit a crime in Santa Bar- bara, Cali£ Federal authorities caught up with him again after he re- entered the country, and Gra- ciano-Navarro was deported a second time on Jan. 28,1998. He soon returned illegally, this time to North Texas. In 1999 in Grand Prairie, he was arrested and later pleaded guilty to theft In Arlington in 2004, he was arrested and convicted of marijuana posses-

Focus on violence?

In his major speech about comprehensive immigration reform in El Paso, Obama said the government is focusing on "Violent offenders and people convicted of crimes" and not "folks who are just looking to scrape together an income." And Rusnok said in an email that ICE "prioritizes ef- forts first on those serious criminal aliens." Where a criminal immi- grant such as Graciano-Navar- ro falls on that scale may be open for debate. "They are missing the boat Why aren't they catching the big fish?" Zoltan asked They haven't figured out how to pri- oritize these prosecutions." But Aarti Kohli, director of immigration policy at the War- ren Institute, said that some would question "whether we should be devoting our pros- ecutorial resources on some- one like this who hasn't been convicted on any felonies.'* When asked if ICE over- looked Graciano-Navarro s case, Smith would not com- ment Rusnok said that until they dealt with Graciano-Na- varro this year, ICE officials had not seen him since his last deportation in 1998.

Add a Dimmer Switch

Although Graciano-Navar- ro had been arrested in Tarrant County before, he may have not been detected by ICE. Rus- nok said such cases depended "on the jail to forward to ICE its list of newry arrived foreign- bom inmates," he said in an e- maJl. But beginning in March, an ICE officer has been stationed at the Tarrant County jail, something more and more law enforcement agencies have been allowing since 9/11 These ICE officers identify detainees with criminal records and

check their immigration


tuses. Nine years after the terror- ist attacks, Graciano-Navarro was arrested on a DW1 charge in Arlington. In April, he was serving a 20-day jail sentence


when ICE officials fingerprint- ed him. His long criminal his-



surfaced. Some jails still don't have an ICE officer keeping tabs on il- legal aliens. At $87 a day, Graciano-Na- varro has cost the system more than $8,100 since he went to a federal detention center.That's a drop in the bucket compared with untold dollars spent on past prosecution efforts and jail time from his decades of crime. He now faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for illegal re-entry at his sen- tencing scheduled for Oct. 28. It took years for the system to catch Graciano-Navarro. "He is one lucky guy" Zoltan said.






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Jury hears evidence, will weigh punishment for rape of 13-year-old


Staff Writer


The photographs tell the story of a 13-year-old sexual as- sault victim. Some show the duct tape in her hair. Others her fractured nose and reddened wrists. An- other shows the girl with a bruised and swollen face framed by di- sheveled hair. Hourt be- fore those pho-

tographs were taken by au- thorities, she

SAMUit MONTANO faces up to

life In prison

was tied to


in the case.

bed, her head was wrapped in duct tape and she was raped by a relative by marriage. He wore a ski mask during the attack. The only thing I thought was that I was going to die," the girl, now 16, told juror s Wednesday during the punish- ment trial of the 42-year-old man who pleaded guilty to sex- ually assaulting her. Dressed in a black suit with his feet shackled, SamuelMon- tano entered guilty pleas to two sexual assault charges on the day his trial was to begin. A jury of seven women and five men is hearing evidence


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before deciding his fat*. He fac- esup to life in prison. "I ask that you pay attention to this nightmare,* prosecutot Shequittas Kefly said during opening statements. On Feb. 26, 200% the girl returned to her Lake High- lands home from school and was about to turn on the televi- sion when a man dressed mafl black and westing a ski mask knocked her down. He pushed her against * wall, fracturing her nose, Mon» tano then placed his knee ott

her back Mshe lay helplessly

the floor of her mothers apart- ment in the Sorters Palms complex oa Royal Lane> H* covered her face with cfoct tape,

tied her wrists and ankles sod


When the assault ended,

Her mothers name is also

being withheld to avoid indi-


identifying the girl She-

knew her daughter had been attacked, but didn't believe her when she said her assailant was the relative The mother cried on the stand Wednesday when she learned for the first time that he had changed his plea to gufltji On the stand, the mother told the jury that she cafled the man after the assault happened because**! didn't have anyone

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But, she said, he told her be wsj in Laredo looking for work, Montano did not have a job in Dallas. But RogeJDnnl,aradio fre- quency engineer for ATM; tes- tified that catt record* show Montana's location during the time of those phone conversa- tions. He was in Dallas.


untied the



WhenKelly a»ked herabout

the girl'*

she firs* saw heu

hands. She peeked through the duct tape when he turned his

"Since this happened to me,


her daughter? condition when .

back. She recognized him. Fc* about four hours, h« held her in the room, occasionally return- ing to hit her; When he left, she ran out- side and asked a neighbor for

mother began tocrjt; * "She was really bruised and very beaten,* she said. Miriam Hoifinan-Roach, a registered nurse at Parkland* Memorial Hospital, where the


girl was treated, said she also had tenderness on her wrists

I have not been able to sleep

peacefully* she said through a Spanish interpreter. For the past two years, she has been in therapy.

During her testimony, she never looked at Montano until KeDy asked her to identify him

as the man who assaulted her.

1 needforyouto point him

out,*KeDysaid. "It's him," she said through tears, pointingafingerat him.

"He rained my life. Because of that, he has to pay* Tht DaUat Morning Naei does not normally publish the names of sexual assault vic-


and lower abdominal pain. "It was pretty shocking when she first came in," Hoff- man-Roach said "The first thing I saw was that she had duct tape in her hair.* William Rink, Montano's defense attorney, told jurors

during opening arguments

that Montano wiO apologize for the "terrible act* When the photos were shown to Montano, he put on

his glasses

and glanced at

them. He slumped in his chair and lookeddown. Testimony is to continue Thursdaymorning.

The Miami Herald Local & State Front cover July 6,2010


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1 A motorist wasfatally shot Monday by a Miami police officer

who had pulled him over for

a traffic

stop. Police did not say why was shot.

the man


A Miami police officer opened fire on

a motorist Monday during a midday traf-

fic stop on an Overtown street, killing the


It is not known why the officer opened

fire or why he made the traffic stop. Police gave out little information. The case is under investigation, said Detective Willie Moreno, a police spokesman. He added that "details are scarce, due to preliminary stages of the investigation." This much is known:

Two officers in a squad car pulled

over the motorist in the 1600 block of Northwest Third Avenue around 11:30 aan., Moreno said. Miami Herald news partner CBS-4 identified the man as Decarlos Moore, 36, of Miami Moore, who has a prison record^ got out of the car and was shot

A family member said he was shot in

the head. Police did not name the officer who tired his weapon.

Witnesses who heard the shooting say Moore was sprawled, bleeding on the rain-slicked pavement. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he later died. "He was still breathing," said Antwone McKnight, 34, "He lost a lot of blood waiting for the ambulance to come." The call came into MiamiFire-Rescue

at 11:36 ajn., a unit was dispatched at 11:37

and arrived at the scene at 1L40 a.m^ said



Officer kills man during traffic stop in Overtowii


Ignatius Carroll, are-res- cue spokesman. The ambulance arrived at Jack- son at 11:50 a.m., Carroll said. Witnesses at the nearby 3rd Ave. Supermarket & Restaurant caine out when they heard the shooting. McKnight said he saw the officer clutch his head with both hands and pace back and forth.


Mohammed Dames, 36, owner of 3rd Ave. Super- market & Restaurant, said he heard u single gunshot and ran outside. He saw Moore on the sidewalk, blood coming from his mouth. He started screamingfor help. "It looked like a faucet coming out of his mouth," Dames said. "I've never seen crap like that." His store was shut down for four hours because the shooting took place a few feet from his door. Dames said Moore was

a regular at the store. He came by about two times a week and ordered a break- fast sandwich and some- times cigarettes. Moore's sister, Katrina

Moore, said

entered and exited her brother's head. "He was a good per- son," she said. "He loved life." District 5 Commis- sioner Richard P. Dunn was at the store talking to people about the shooting. "We've got to put something in place to make sure this doesn't

happen again," he said. "It's unfortunate, cot good, not good for our city." By midafternoon, a tow



truck arrived to take away the car, a white 2002 Honda Accord registered to -Qfelyah Jaclsson of Miami. It had a white andpur- ple garland of silk flowers dangling from the rear- view mirror.


Moore had served two prison terms — 14 years for a 1989 second-degree murder charge and 10 months for sale and traf-

ficking in cocaine. He got out of prison in November


Police said the investi- gation is continuing.



Decarlos Moore was shot and killed Monday by

a police officer near the 3rd


Supermarket & Restaurant, 1649 NW Third Ave., in Miami. Store owner Mohammed Dames, left, said Moore was a regular customer.








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woman, who asked that her

name not be used. "He knew spetificalht who he wanted to kill Ht didn't shoot at random. He came with a mission.* Do killed five people and. wounded four others before committing suicide. Saturday night during his son's Htb birthday party at Forum Roller World in Grand Prairie. Yellow caution tape littered the pavement and stuffed ani-



mals flanked the doorway of the business Sunday morning as police continued to survey the crime scene. A baby car- riage, birthday presents and a pink balloon could be seen through a window.



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Gunman was eerily calm, on 'mission,' witnesses say

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mopped off the floor and the business reopened, with young couples roller- skating under spinning lights. JareUe Joseph, an 18-year-old em- ployee, returned to the rink Sunday to -.earch for ha skates. He was con- fronted by the memory of* carnage from the night before. He mid there was no warning be- fore Do pulled a gun tucked in the back of his pants and shot hia wife and another man. J<jseph fled, skating out the back Joor and into the bushes. He heard more shots, followed by ^creams. One person yelled, "Why are you doing this?* Joseph said he later saw a man crawl outside into the parking lot coughing blood.


bodies. It was just shocking,' be said.

Tnerere dead bodies right IDfront of





Witnesses said the party started about 5:30 p.m.

A chocolate cake with blue and

white icing had been cut, but presents were »till unopened. Do had decorat- ed the party himself Children wobbled their way around the skating rink. Aduits sat clustered at tables near the snack ^sri chatting pleasantly. Police and family friends said Do and his wife, Thai, had a history of

marital problems, but shehad recent-

ly decided to stick it out for the sakeof

their children —Paul, the 11-year-old birthday boy, and a 3-year-old girl Tan Do pleaded guilty to a 1994 burglary of a residence and was sen- tenced to two years' probation and $166 court costs. In 1999 in Arling- ton, he pleaded nocontest to assault- ing a family member and was sen- tenced to 12 months' probation and assessed »MO in court costs. Trini Do, 29, worked at the Uni- versity of Texas at Arlington, manag- ing financial records, as did her 28- year-old sister, Michelle Ta, one of the victims. Other victims included Tri- m's two other siblings, 16-year-oid

Lynn Ta and 21-year-old Him la. A sister-in-law; Thuy Nguyen, 25, also was killed. Friends said Trini was close to her family, especially Michelle. During frequent violent argu-

ments with her husband, Irini sought refuge in her sisters home.

In December 2010, Irini took her

children, fled her house and obtained

a restraining order against her hus-

band, which she later had removed. In an djfidavit, she described in bro- ken English how her 10-year mar-

riage to Tan dissolved into violence and tmor, foreshadowing Saturdays massacre:

'I wanted to get a divorce but he refused and he dragged me into the closet, pull his gun and shoot one to

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Watt Hedrlck, owner at Forum Roller World, talked with reporters Sunday morning. By 2 p.m., the rink was back open for business.

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Jar»H« Joseph an employee of Forum Roller World, searched Sunday for the skates he left behind after he fled the rampage.

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Two angea*flank the entryway to the home of Tan Do, who shot and killed six people including himself, at Forum Roller World.

the anting and threaten me thai he would shoot himself if I'm leaving


Trim 1 wrote that several months af- ter the first incident, her husband 'dragged me into the kitchen and

slam me into his knee

He was so

upset and went inside the room and gets all the guns out if anyone show

up at the house, he will shoot them. I was so scared* She filed for a divorce in 2008, dis- missed the petition about six month* later, and then considered a divorce

in 2010.

In court records, Trini said her husband exploded when she brought up thetopic lastyear.

"He put a pillow over my face imd try to pull the gun and shoot me,' she wrote. "1 was so scared and beg him

please not too [sic] and promts* ev-

erything will be the same and I won't report his [sic] to the police." But witnesses saw no .sign of that friction at Saturday night's party. In fact, some described Tan Do as peace-

ful friends and family the (unity was focused


members said on the event at

Ate Tiflotson, who was the disc

jockey at the party, remembered ask-

ing Paul, the 11-year-old boy, what he

wanted to be when he grew up. "A pharmacist,' he answered. Ev-

erybody clapped.

Asthe party wrapped up, f illotson saw Tan Do and his son playing a vid-

eo game, while Trini Do and her sib-

lings stood around some nearby ta-

blet. Tillotson walked outside to empty

a garbage can. When he returned,

Tan Do had bis gun drawn. He shot his wife first, then walked down the tables methodically shoot- ing his in-laws. When his victims were on the ground, Do fired again into each of their bodies. Witnesses said he walked around the room, moving the gun around, pointing it at different people, but on- lyshooting his wile's family. Emily Nguyen, 13, was at the birthday —the first time she had ever been skating. When Do began to shoot, she crawled for cover. Do told everyone to lie down. A woman grabbed EmUy so hard she had scratches on her left arm. "I was right there," Emily said. 'It wasthe first time I was hearing a gun- shot mywhole life" Her brother, Kevin, U, .said the gunshots sounded like 'balloons pop-

ping.' Most of the children took cover be- hind the skate counter. Witnesses said that at one point, Tan Do jumped on top of the counter, searching tor his son amid the chil-

dren. But the boy had fled outside to safety. As he hid in an office, Tillotson saw a man fall on his knees and beg

for his life. Do spared him.

At one point, his 3-year-old daughter stood up and said, "Don't shoot me. Dad Don't shoot me. Dad. I loveyou.' Surrounded bychaos and carnage, 'Do Do held the gun to his head min- utes before a SWAT team arrived He said, "See, I told you so," and pulled the trigger.

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