It was the worst incident of its kind ever in the Grapevine area and the first homicide since June 2010, according to police spokesman Sgt. Grapevine's economy is largely centered around tourism.
Population growth and economic gains resumed to some extent in the decades after the Second World War, though the opening of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in 1974 spurred massive development.According to the FBI, as of 2010, 28 registered sex offenders live in Grapevine.On Christmas morning of 2011, AOL News (Huffington Post Crime) and the Associated Press reported, after the receipt of an open-ended 911 call, all seven individuals (four women and three men, aged 15 to 60) in an apartment in a complex in suburban Grapevine (said to be most likely family members with related visitors) were found murdered, with the shooter, a man dressed as Santa Claus, believed to be one of the deceased extended family members.The first recorded white settlement in what would become the modern city occurred in the late 1840s and early 1850s.General Richard Montgomery Gano owned property near Grape Vine and helped organize the early settlement against Comanche raiding parties before leading his band of volunteers to battle in the American Civil War. A historical marker remains at the intersection of Dove Road and State Highway 114.Prior to the mid-20th century, Grapevine depended heavily upon agricultural production, but quickly transformed into a regional center of commerce because of its proximity to the airport's north entrance.The airport's economic benefits continue to encourage new development in Grapevine.The city is part of the Dallas Fort Worth Statistical Area and a significant part of the city limits are mostly within the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, with neighboring cities such as Coppell, Euless, and Irving.In recent years several wineries have opened in Grapevine, and the city has been very active in maintaining its historic downtown corridor.In 2007 rated Grapevine as one of "America's Best Places to Live." This meeting culminated in the signing of a treaty of "peace, friendship, and commerce," which opened the area for homesteaders.The settlement that emerged was named Grape Vine due to its location on the appropriately-named Grape Vine Prairie near Grape Vine Springs, both names an homage to the wild grapes that grew in the area.