Authorities identify last victim of San Marcos apartment fire
The last victim among the five young adults found dead in a San Marcos apartment building gutted by fire has been identified, officials said this afternoon.
Belinda Moats, 21, of Big Wells, was positively identified through DNA analysis, a spokeswoman for the city of San Marcos said. Moats had been missing since the fire erupted at 4:27 a.m. July 20.
The other four victims found dead in the burned rubble at Iconic Village Apartments were Dru Estes, 20, of San Antonio; Haley Michele Frizzell, 19, of San Angelo; David Ortiz, 21, of Pasadena; and James Miranda, 23, of Mount Pleasant.
Autopsy results revealing how the victims died are still pending, said Maggie Moreno, Hays County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Place 2.
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All five victims had been living or staying in second-floor apartments in Building 500 at Iconic Village, 222 Ramsay St., about two blocks from the Texas State University campus.
Moats, a former Texas State student, had to interrupt her studies when her family could no longer afford the tuition. She was working at a Sonic drive-in and trying to save money with hopes of returning to school.
Moats was the first in her family to attend college and loved to read, her father, Thomas Moats, said in an interview with the San Antonio Express-News last week. Her dream job was to work in a book store, he said.
Belinda Moats loved living in San Marcos and would routinely walk to and from work because she didn’t have a car, her father said. She had declined her father’s offer to let her borrow a car so she would have transportation.
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“My daughter was walking to work a mile a day,” Thomas Moats told the Express-News last week. “She never complained.
“She was an angel, a pure soul … She never bothered anybody. She never got in trouble in school. I don’t think she ever got in trouble for anything.”
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