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(DALLAS) — Dallas police have made an arrest in the murder of a dentist who was shot and killed in the parking garage of her apartment.

According to an arrest affidavit released Saturday morning, authorities arrested Crystal Cortez and charged her with capital murder in the death of Kendra Hatcher. Cortez, 22, is being held on $250,000 bail.

Police identified Cortez as the driver of a Jeep seen in surveillance video leaving the parking garage the day of the murder after a witness said she had loaned Cortez the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

When Cortez was interviewed by investigators, she confessed to driving a man to the parking garage so he could rob Hatcher, 35, according to the affidavit.

Cortez drove the gunman to Hatcher’s apartment Wednesday, where he shot and killed her and stole her belongings, according to the affidavit.

Hatcher died inside the parking garage.

“She had so much to give, and we’re thankful her 35 years were lived to the fullest,” said Noelle Sublett, a friend of Hatcher’s family. “We miss her tremendously, especially her laugh and her smile.”

Cortez has not entered a plea. Police haven’t said how she and Hatcher were connected.

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