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Family and friends of Dallas dentist killed in murder-for-hire plot speak out

Friends and family of pediatric dentist Kendra Hatcher who was shot dead in 2015 in a horrific murder-for-hire plot are revealing how they first found out about her tragic murder. 

Kendra Hatcher, 35, was shot in the head in September 2, 2015 in the parking garage of her apartment building in Dallas, Texas. 

The bloody killing was planned by jilted woman Brenda Delgado out of envy because Hatcher was dating her ex-boyfriend Ricardo Panigua, prosecutors said.

She was accused of hiring two people to kill Hatcher and rob her to make it look like a random violent crime. Delgado was found guilty of capital murder in June 2019 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In the case Kristopher Love was found guilty of capital murder in October 2018 for firing the shot that killed Hatcher and Crystal Cortes was also convicted for driving the getaway car.  

Friends and family of pediatric dentist Kendra Hatcher, 35, who was shot dead in 2015 in a horrific murder-for-hire plot in Dallas, Texas are revealing how they first found out about her tragic murder

Friends and family of pediatric dentist Kendra Hatcher, 35, who was shot dead in 2015 in a horrific murder-for-hire plot in Dallas, Texas are revealing how they first found out about her tragic murder

Hatcher's brother Neil Hatcher he was in California for work when he learned of her death. 'The call came in around 10.30 Pacific [time]. I didn't sleep that night. And then the ride home was long and tearful,' Neil said in a sit-down interview with Dateline in a new special entitled 10 Minutes to Sunset that will air Friday

Hatcher’s brother Neil Hatcher he was in California for work when he learned of her death. ‘The call came in around 10.30 Pacific [time]. I didn’t sleep that night. And then the ride home was long and tearful,’ Neil said in a sit-down interview with Dateline in a new special entitled 10 Minutes to Sunset that will air Friday

News of Hatcher’s murder started making headlines across the country the night of her death.

Her brother Neil says he was in California on business when the call about her death came in. 

‘The call came in around 10.30 Pacific [time]. I didn’t sleep that night. And then the ride home was long and tearful,’ Neil said in a sit-down interview with Dateline in a new special entitled 10 Minutes to Sunset that will air Friday. 

In Maryland Hatcher’s friend Dr. Tami Pantano was with a patient when she received the devastating call about her death. 

‘I picked up my phone and I just kept pressing her name, and pressing her name and hearing the voicemail over and over again. Just praying for her to pick up, that this was some kind of horrible mistake.’

Pantano said she couldn’t believe that her friend could be killed in such an elaborate plan. 

‘I didn’t see how that could even be possible. Like, people like Kendra don’t get shot. They don’t. They’re not murdered. It was devastating,’ she said. 

The bloody killing was planned by jilted woman Brenda Delgado (above) out of envy because Hatcher was dating her ex-boyfriend Ricardo Panigua, prosecutores said. Delgado was found guilty of capital murder in June 2019 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The bloody killing was planned by jilted woman Brenda Delgado (above) out of envy because Hatcher was dating her ex-boyfriend Ricardo Panigua, prosecutores said. Delgado was found guilty of capital murder in June 2019 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

In the case Kristopher Love  was found guilty of capital murder in October 2018 for shooting Kendra Hatcher and sentenced to death.

Crystal Cortes was also convicted for driving the getaway car and was sentenced to 35 years in prison

In the case Kristopher Love (left) was found guilty of capital murder in October 2018 for shooting Kendra Hatcher and sentenced to death.  Crystal Cortes was also convicted for driving the getaway car and

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