A 14-year-old boy from New Mexico faces charges of murder after allegedly using his father’s gun to shoot and kill a 13-year-old girl, according to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.
The heart-wrenching event took place at the father’s home on Cabresto Road in Questa. At approximately 2:30 pm, the 14-year-old boy was hanging out with three other minors, enjoying music, when tragedy struck.
The Department of Public Safety disclosed that during their time together, the boy took out a pistol and aimed it at the 13-year-old girl, ultimately firing the fatal shot. The gunshot proved fatal, tragically ending the young girl’s life. The boy then took the lifeless body outside before retreating back into the residence. The pistol, which was used in the incident, belonged to the teen’s father, identified as 39-year-old William Brown.
When law enforcement officers arrived at the scene to investigate the homicide, both Brown and his son refused to cooperate, staying inside the home for nearly 30 minutes.
Eventually, the 14-year-old was arrested and taken into custody at the San Juan Juvenile Detention Center in Farmington. He now faces serious charges, including an open count of murder in the first degree, two counts of tampering with evidence, and two counts of assault on a police officer.
As for William Brown, he was also arrested and charged with “negligent making a firearm accessible to a minor resulting in death.” He has been booked into the Taos County Detention Center, adding to the gravity of the situation.
Victim’s Identity Protected
In an effort to respect the victim’s family during this difficult time, the New Mexico State Police have withheld the name of the juvenile victim. Additionally, the name of the 14-year-old suspect will not be disclosed in any press release.
As the community grieves the loss of a young life, the investigation into this tragic incident is ongoing. Once the investigation is complete, the case will be handed over to the District Attorney’s office for further action.
Source: NBC News