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Preteen bully mob leads to deadly hit-and-run in Texas: 'She wouldn't stop'
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Preteen bully mob leads to deadly hit-and-run in Texas: 'She wouldn't stop'

A fight initially involving several 11-year-olds in Texas turned deadly after a woman reportedly got into her car and drove over two other women, killing one of them.

Just before 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a group of young kids arrived at the San Antonio home where Ashley Lopez, a 28-year-old mother of five, lived. Lopez's mother, Ana Blanco, described the kids as bullies who had come to the house to harass her 11-year-old granddaughter, Lopez's daughter. A fight then ensued in the street, as more and more people — perhaps 15 to 30 — joined in the fray. According to Blanco, Lopez confronted the mob in defense of her daughter.

At some point, the situation became so heated that 36-year-old Pennie Gomez, whose 11-year-old daughter may have been living with Lopez at the time, jumped into her silver Hyundai Sonata and deliberately struck Lopez and one other woman, police said. Some involved in the fight then began banging on Gomez's window to let her know that she had struck two people, but Gomez allegedly responded to that information by ramping up the attack. Witnesses said she then continued driving, dragging Lopez and the other woman, who were still stuck under the car, another several feet. She then fled the scene, they claimed.

"People were hitting the car, telling her stop and that [Lopez] was under there, and she wouldn't stop," Blanco said.

The other victim, whose name has not been released, survived her injuries, but Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene. Cellphone footage of the incident corroborated the witnesses' story, the affidavit said.

When police arrived, they learned that Gomez had not only been identified as the suspect in the hit-and-run but that she had an outstanding warrant for an unrelated charged. She has been located, arrested, and charged with murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and drug possession.

Though Blanco and Lopez's sister-in-law, Andrea Mata, do not know Gomez personally, they do not believe that Gomez and Lopez had a hostile history. "To our recollection, [Lopez and Gomez] were not fighting," Mata said. "There was nothing between them, no bad blood."

The family has sought the help of It's God's Motorcycle Ministry to raise money for Lopez's funeral and to help with the healing process. Gerardo "Big G" Flores, the vice president of the club, had advice for the suspect: "God forgives you, but we would say that to go to God. Ask him for forgiveness so that you can have peace within yourself."

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Cortney Weil

Cortney Weil

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Cortney Weil is a senior editor for Blaze News.
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