SPARKS, NV - A Sparks family is grieving over the loss of their 13-year-old daughter and the arrest of their 17-year-old son. Police are not releasing the name of the boy, as he is being treated as a minor. But the girl has been identified as Alondra Cervantes.
A makeshift memorial for Alondra started forming almost immediately after the shooting on Monday, neighbors say.
It is in front of Apartment D at 105 E. Prater Way in Sparks where police say her brother shot her, mistakenly believing the safety was on the gun.
“They are absolutely devastated, as would anyone. But they are absolutely devastated,“ says Commander Brian Miller with Sparks police.
Police say they were called to the apartment Monday afternoon on Prater Way. They say a caller told them an intruder had entered the apartment, killed the girl and escaped.
However, on further questioning of the teen, police say, he admitted he shot his sister with a recently purchased shot gun.
The 17-year-old, police say, refuses to say who the gun seller was.
“The 17-year-old brother was enamored with the gang type lifestyle,” says Miller.
And he could be affiliated with a gang.
Sparks police confirm this is not the boy's first scrape with the law.
A family member told KOLO 8 News Now the boy was incarcerated for more than a year, but did not specify why.
Meantime, students upset by the death of their friend Alondra were provided with counseling at Dilworth Middle School, which she attended.
“There were tears, it was very somber, kids were very quiet,” said Katherine Loudon, the coordinator for school district counselors.
Commander Miller wanted to emphasize this case is less than 48 hours hold.
The charges the 17-year-old faces are involuntary manslaughter and a minor in possession of a firearm. But as more information becomes available to police, he could be charged as an adult and face much more serious consequences.
A Wells Fargo Accounty has been set up to pay for funeral expenses
It is under HIlda Garcia's name: 7321399219.