Killed – Male Teen – Carlos Ponce (Madera, CA)

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Madera Police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for shooting and killing a Madera teenager.

Eddie Luna was arrested Friday in the death of 15-year-old Carlos Ponce.

Police say Ponce was shot and killed Monday night just before 9:30 p.m. on the 1600 block of Lacreta Avenue.

Luna is now behind bars at the Madera County Jail on charges of murder and committing murder for the benefit of a criminal street gang.

Family members held a candlelight vigil for a Madera teenager who police say was shot and killed after trying to save his little brother.

Investigators say Carlos Ponce and his brother were walking through their neighborhood to play video games with a friend when a gunman ran up and fired. Police are still looking for the suspect who got away. They believe the suspect mistook the teenager’s dark clothing for rival gang colors.

Songs of sorrow echoed through a small Madera living room where 15 year-old Carlos Ponce lived with his family. A close friend said the 10th grader at Madera South High School spent his evenings working in the fields to provide for his family.


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