There’s been an outpouring of support and emotion after an 18-year-old young woman from Lake Highlands was found dead near her family’s minivan at the bottom of a ravine, and Oak Farms Dairy is now offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and indictment.
A small memorial with flowers and notes has been set up at the site where Zoe Hastings was found Monday. At that memorial, neighbors feel compelled to pray, share and grieve.
“We live in the neighborhood and we are just brokenhearted that this has happened,” said one neighbor. “We have three daughters. We cannot imagine the agony that this family is going through…we can’t imagine such an ugly thing happening here. We're just devastated.”
Strangers and others who visited the memorial feel a connection -- Hastings was everyone's sister and daughter.
Those who drove by say they didn't know her personally, but they are now bitter that they won't get the chance.
“I got to church just around the corner, and I saw the flowers, and it made me think that I wanted to come back,” said neighbor Patricia Bradley.
Police say Hastings was found a few feet from a 2007 white Honda Odyssey minivan that she was last seen driving.
Hastings was found in a creek bed over an embankment in a quiet wooded lot near Lippett and Easton avenues.
Police say she died of homicidal violence. Police have not released details of her death or injuries; details only the killer would know.
For now, all eyes and investigative efforts are on the van, and all that people who live in the neighborhood can do is wait.
Hastings’ family told FOX 4 that she was on her way to a mission training meeting at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The church posted a statement on Facebook that says, “She was a devoted sister, daughter, granddaughter and a friend to so many.”
Friends of the family told FOX 4 that Hastings wanted to be a doctor and that she had a special place in her heart for those with special needs.
Anyone with information on Hastings’ death is asked contact Dallas police at 214-671-3584 or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 214-373-TIPS (8477).