Authorities said on Tuesday, December 18, that a massive Texas apartment fire in July had left five people dead and the deaths were officially ruled homicides.
According to Hays County Justice of the Peace Maggie Moreno, the victims, Belinda Moats, 21, Haley Frizzell, 19, David Ortiz, 21, Dru Estes, 20, and James Miranda, 23, died of thermal injuries.
Maggie says inhalation of combustible products is among the causes of death for Belinda, Dru and James.
According to the San Antonio Express-NewsAll, 5 victims were on the second floor of Building 500 at the Iconic Village Apartments in San Marcos when the fire erupted on July 20.
David and Haley were in the same apartment as Zachary Sutterfield, 20. Zachary, who suffered a traumatic brain injury and third-degree burns, was survived the fire. According to the newspaper, he remains in hospital.
Because of the ongoing investigation, autopsy reports were sealed, according to FOX7 Austin report. The suspects or motives have not been identified.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Explosives and Firearms investigators announced the fire was intentionally set last month.
David Ortiz's mother Gina Ortiz, is seeking justice for the victims.
She told Express-News,
The worst possible scenario, the worst we could have imagined, has turned out to be true. No one deserved this. We are hoping and praying that someone will come forward with information to bring justice for all of our children who died in such a tragic way…They deserve justice.
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