A Houston teenager was arrested and charged with murder Monday after shooting his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend 22 times while she was out walking her dog.
Frank Deleon Jr., 17 shot his girlfriend Diamond Alvarez, 16, 22 times while she was walking her dog at a park near her home. According to Alvarez’s mother, Deleon texted her daughter and asked her to meet him at the public park the evening of January 11th. Alvarez took her dog, Peanut, along with her.
The teenagers had been in an on-and-off relationship for less than a year, but at the time of her murder, the two were supposedly not dating. Police shared in a statement on Twitter that Alvarez had recently discovered that Deleon was in a relationship with her, and another girl at the same time.
Alvarez’s mother and step-father told authorities they heard the shooting from their home, and immediately became concerned so they tried to contact their daughter. She wasn’t answering her cell phone, so the two went searching for her. Peanut was found, alone, outside their home, and shortly after searching the neighborhood, they found Alvarez lying in the park.
“I tried CPR,” said Anna Machado, Alvarez’s mother. “I couldn’t bring her back. I tried so hard to keep her alive.”
Working closely with the community to locate witnesses, authorities were able to narrow down their investigation and arrest Deleon, said the Houston Police Department. He attempted to evade authorities at the time of his arrest. As of Wednesday, Deleon is free on a $250,000 bond.
Alvarez was a Sophomore and honor student at Madison High School in Houston.