FOREST PARK, GA (CBS46) –
Clayton County police have arrested and charged two 18-year-old men with the death of a 13-year-old Forest Park boy.
The suspects are accused of killing Steven Galindo Diaz during an attempted carjacking outside his Forest Park home.
Clayton County police identified the shooter as Gilberto Gomez, 18, of Forest Park. His alleged accomplice, Sergio Alvear, 18, of Atlanta, was armed with a baseball bat during the crime, according to investigators.
According to Maj. Johnny Robinson of the Clayton County Police Department, Gomez confessed to the crime. He told detectives they were after the truck belonging to the victim’s family.
“It was the type vehicle that had Lamborghini doors, some call them butterfly doors, a special type of doors that come on the Lamborghini vehicles,” said Robinson.
Steven was helping his older sister put air in the tires of her pickup truck at about 11 p.m. Monday when two men approached them.
Alvear snatched a necklace off Steven’s sister, Samaria Diaz, 22, police said. The men, wearing bandanas over their faces, demanded the truck keys and appeared to get angry when the truck wouldn’t start. That’s when Gomez fired his shotgun into the windshield, police said.
“When we heard the first shot, we tried to run,” said Samaria Diaz. More gunshots followed. They didn’t get far before Steven collapsed.
“He fell on the ground,” she said. “I grabbed his hand so we could run together, and he said, ‘Samaria, come back. I got shot.’ He said, ‘Ouch, it hurts. It hurts me.'”
Early Thursday, officers arrested Gilberto Gomez and Sergio Alvear and charged both with murder, according to the Clayton County Police Department. Police say Gomez pulled the trigger that ended 13-year-old Steven Galindo Diaz’ life.
Steven Galindo Diaz, 13, was shot and killed by robbers late Monday night in Forest Park, Ga., while he was putting air in the tire of his sister’s vehicle. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that a red SUV pulled up alongside his sister’s vehicle, two men got out and demanded her keys and other belongings.