On a countdown to a romantic break with her boyfriend, dentist Kendra Hatcher had plenty to smile about. She’d spent the day doing a job she loved and was one sleep away from a long weekend in Cancun, Mexico. As Kendra, 35, finished work and headed back to her luxury Dallas apartment in September 2015, she felt the happiness that those close to her knew she deserved.
Originally from Illinois, Kendra had worked hard at everything she put her mind to. Whether it was making it onto the volleyball team at high school, or being captain of the cheerleading squad, Kendra always gave her all. In her spare time, she was involved with the church and the community. Everyone was drawn to her kindness and her contagious smile.
After studying dentistry, and coming out of a broken marriage to her college boyfriend, Kendra moved to Dallas in 2010 to start her career at a top dental practice. She made lots of friends and rented an upmarket luxury apartment. Then, in June 2015, Kendra met Ricardo “Ricky” Paniagua and they fell in love. Life was so good.
Kendra and dermatologist Ricardo had a whirlwind romance. Over three months, they dined in popular restaurants, took trips together and posted pictures of themselves on social media looking very happy. One picture was Kendra standing next to Ricardo, wearing a top that said, “I’m With Dreamy.” The good-looking pair had even started talking about setting up a wedding fund and meeting each other’s families.
Her loved ones could see that Kendra was happy, but there was someone keeping an especially close eye on her blossoming relationship – Ricardo’s ex, Brenda Delgado. Brenda had dated Ricardo for almost three years before they’d separated in early 2015. They’d remained on good terms and Brenda stayed in touch with Ricardo, keen to stay friends. Ricardo often bumped into Brenda while he was out jogging. On reflection, that wasn’t the coincidence he’d thought it was. Brenda had been keeping tabs on her ex – and his new girlfriend – ever since they’d split.
Brenda, 31, who was studying to be a dental hygienist, still had Ricardo’s passwords to his email and his iCloud, and she had downloaded an app that allowed her to track the location of his mobile. Brenda was stalking Ricardo and was becoming increasingly agitated over his seemingly perfect relationship with Kendra. Kendra’s Facebook was public, so Brenda could see that Ricardo was taking Kendra on trips and how deeply in love they looked. In an email to Brenda, Ricardo innocently told her that things were going really great with Kendra and he was happy. That didn’t sit well with Brenda. Her love for Ricardo had become an obsession.
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