Family mourns slain Dallas grandmother while murder goes unsolved

The family of a grandmother who was found murdered insider her Far North Dallas apartment wants to know who killed her and why.

Witnesses recorded cell phone video of the fire that destroyed Maria Arteaga’s apartment on Friday. The body of the 53-year-old grandmother was found by Dallas firefighters near the front door of her second-floor apartment.

“I see everyone is sad from her family and they're doing everything they can to send her to where she wanted to go,” said family friend Rosa Salvero. “She was a great person.”

The family is trying to raise money to have Arteaga buried in Mexico -- the place where she was born and many of her siblings still live.

New cell phone video taken by a neighbor shows him running towards the fire to try and help, but flames were already coming out the side window.

A neighbor tells FOX 4 he heard Arteaga screaming from inside her apartment, “Help me! Help me! Someone is trying to kill me” minutes before the fire sparked.

While detectives try to figure out who the attacker is, friends of Arteaga are focused on remembering her positive qualities.

“She was my beauty consultant,” said Hilda Medina. “She was my star, my number one in my unit.”

Medina was Arteaga's boss at Mary Kay Cosmetics but says the two women developed a close friendship. She felt it was important to be able to support a family as they grieved for a woman who meant so much so many.

A viewing for Arteaga will be held on Wednesday from 2 to 9 p.m. at Pilar funeral home in Garland. Since Arteaga loved to Zumba, her daughter who is a Zumba instructor is organizing a dance event in her honor. That date hasn't been set yet.

Dallas police are asking anyone with information about the case to contact them.


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