JANUARY 14, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE
Double homicide still unsolved
Betty Parker, the mother of a gay man slain in
Texas City, is organizing a vigil to mark the
one year anniversary of the unsolved case.
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"There is nothing new as far as breaking it,"
Capt. Ron Schoolcraft said. "The fire did damage, destroyed a lot of stuff. We just haven't got
a break yet."
A month after the slayings, friends and relatives of the two men held an emotional vigil to
renew interest in the case. Family members held
candles and wore white T-shirts emblazoned "In
Loving Memory" and a large photo of Morris. A
local pastor led them in prayer.
"We are praying for each other, and for
those who did this," the Rev. Tyron Collins
said. "For the Lord said, 'Vengeance is mine.'
We must leave it with him."
Family members of the victims have said the
brutality-' of the slayings showed hate was a factor.
"It was overkill, a brutal murder. 1 just don't
understand how they can sleep at night. I just
keep praying that they can get one of them,"
The two men were friendly and traveled
heavily, family members said. Morris, a hairdresser, had returned to Texas City a year earlier after living in Las Vegas. Tryals, unemployed for nearly a year, always kept a positive
outlook and uplifted people with his compliments, said Gwendolyn Tryals, his sister.
"Every time you saw him, he had a smile on
his face/' Gwendolyn Tryals said. "He always
tried to make you feel good. He didn't have that
kind of an enemy that would do that to him."
But her brother was too trusting, something
she had warned him about in the past.
"It is sad that we hate people because of
their race, their gender," Gwendolyn Tryals
said. "I told him to be careful, 'You are black
and gay—you have two strikes against you.' I
told him he needs to watch himself."
Family members remain hopeful that the
case will be solved.
"It's a small town, somebody knows
something," Parker said. "The leads they
did have when it first happened, it went
nowhere. The only hope 1 have is God to
make [the suspects] show their face, at
least one of them. You feel like your
hands are tied."
Dallas woman charged
in slaying of roommate
Police say 'abusive
DALLAS—A north Dallas woman
has been arrested and charged with
killing her long-time roommate, police
Lisa Rae Meeks, 35, was arrested on
Dec. 28 after the body of her roommate, Danielle D'Alexandris, 35, was
discovered on Christmas Day in a
pond at the apartment complex where
the two women lived.
"From what we know so far, it
appears that there was an argument,
and the suspect killed her roommate,"
said Dallas police Sgt. Ross Salverino.
"In an attempt to dispose of the body,
the suspect then put the body in a
trash bag and left it in a pond there on
the [apartment complex] property."
Meeks' court-appointed attorney, Tim
Menchu of Dallas, had no comment.
Salverino said the two roommates
had lived for "six or seven years in
something of an abusive relationship."
But he said he was unable to confirm
rumors that the two women were lesbian lovers or provide details about
the alleged abusive nature of the relationship between the two women.
Two residents of the apartment
complex where the women lived
found D'Alexandris' body on Dec. 25,
investigators said. The residents had
noticed a garbage bag in the pond a
day earlier. Because of the cold weather, they waited for warmer weather
before attempting to retrieve the bag,
As they pulled it from the water, the
trash bag opened and the residents
saw the dead woman's hand, according to a police report. The two residents then summoned authorities.
Meeks was arrested after investigators found trash bags in her apartment
matching the one used to dispose of
D'Alexandris' body. Investigators also
said Meeks had several bruises indicating that she may have been in a
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