BELTON, Texas – A Belton family is in mourning after the death of their 16-year-old son, Fernando Martinez. They spoke with FOX44’s Nohely Mendoza and have agreed to share his picture and story.
Belton police say officers have arrested a 16-year old boy on a murder charge in connection with the deadly shooting of Martinez Thursday night.
Officers say the teenager led them on a chase before they arrested him near the intersection of Orion Drive and East Cedar Crest Lane around 11:15 p.m. They then took him to the Bell County Juvenile Detention Center.
The name of the suspect is not being released at this time.
Belton Police responded Thursday evening to a report of a shooting near an outdoor basketball court located in the 400 block of Smith Street.
When authorities arrived on the scene, they found Martinez suffering from two gunshot wounds. The boy was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
The shooting occurred after a dispute, and police believe the victim knew his assailant.
Witnesses saw a white Chevy sedan speeding away from the area after the shooting.
Hear more from the family of Martinez tonight on FOX44 News @ 5.
Source: City of Belton