HOUSTON (AP) – An ex-girlfriend was arrested and charged with the murder of a 16-year-old girl who was shot 22 times while walking her dog in southwest Houston, police said Tuesday.
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Diamond Alvarez was killed shot on Jan. 11 a few blocks from his home near a field that was used as a neighborhood park.
Houston police announced Tuesday that 17-year-old Frank Deleon Jr. was arrested Monday and charged with murder. Court records do not show a lawyer who can speak on Deleon’s behalf.
Alvarez’s mother, Anna Machado, said Tuesday that Deleon was her daughter’s ex-boyfriend and he had written a text message asking her to meet him in the field shortly before she was killed. Police said Alvarez had recently learned that Deleon had started a relationship with another girl while they were still dating.
The two had been out for less than a year, and Machado said she never saw any red flags to warn her that her daughter was in danger, but that “they were off and on.”
“My daughter always cried over him,” Machado said.
Machado said her family is relieved that an arrest has been made and that relatives have kept watch at a temporary memorial with candles, stuffed animals and balloons set up near where her daughter’s body was found.
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“I went over there (to the memorial) again, crying and saying, ‘Baby, you have justice. It’s not done yet. It’s not over yet. But we know at least one name,'” Machado said.
Deleon was detained at Harris County Jail. In court documents requesting a $ 250,000 bail for Deleon, prosecutors said Alvarez was shot 22 times and that Deleon “tried to pack his suitcases to escape” when he was arrested.
Machado said he hopes a judge orders Deleon detained without bond.
“He does not even deserve a high bond. He executed my daughter,” Machado said.
Alvarez’s family began looking for her when they heard gunshots, and then Peanut returned home on his own.
The family found Alvarez ‘body at the field where Diamond had taken Peanut on walks most nights. Machado tried to revive his daughter by performing CPR, but it was too late.
Police said witnesses reported hearing several shots and then the sound of tires whining as a possibly dark vehicle fled the scene.
Alvarez ‘family and friends say they remember her as a happy person who worked hard, loved school and dreamed of becoming a beautician one day.
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Her funeral is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. in Houston.