SHOW MORE 

Authorities ID woman killed in front of her two children in Medical Center-area motel room

Dillon Meckel, 35, has been charged with capital murder, police say

A woman was fatally shot in front of her two children in a motel room overnight, and the man responsible is now in custody, according to San Antonio police.
A woman was fatally shot in front of her two children in a motel room overnight, and the man responsible is now in custody, according to San Antonio police. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – A 37-year-old woman who was shot and killed in front of her two children in a motel room on Saturday night has been identified.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office said Lauraalicia Placker was gunned down at a Motel 6 in the 7500 block of Louis Pasteur, not far from Floyd Curl Drive. She was pronounced dead at the scene at around 10:40 p.m.

She suffered a gunshot wound to the head, the office said. Sources told KSAT that the woman was pregnant.

When police arrived at the scene, the suspect, Dillon Meckel, 35, admitted to shooting the woman, according to SAPD.

Dillon Meckel.

He was arrested and charged with capital murder-multiple persons, court records show.

Two children, ages four and six, were inside the motel room with the man and woman at the time of the shooting, according to police. Police contacted CPS to assist with arranging care for the children.

Court records also show Meckel has a previous conviction for aggravated sexual assault of a child and a more recent case of felony violence.

His bond is set at $750,000.

More on KSAT:


About the Authors:

Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.

Rebecca Salinas has worked as a digital journalist in San Antonio for six years. Her skills include content management, engagement and reporting.