Diamond Alvarez Shooting | The 16-year-old girl was fatally shot Tuesday night while walking her dog near a Houston park.
At that around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Diamond’s family members ran out to look for her. The dog she was walking had returned home from its walk in thr park alone. But the family had heard the gunshot before their pet came back.
“My son found her,” Machado told Houston TV station KHOU. “I tried so hard to keep her alive. I couldn’t … I couldn’t.”
Machado said she performed CPR on Diamond but the 15-year-old Madison High School sophomore died at the scene in the 15400 block of Park Manor Street, which is near South Post Oak and Beltway 8.
Police who responded to the location near a park in southwest Houston said the teen was killed at the scene.
“Whoever shot this girl 22 times in the back … they are cowards,” the girl’s stepfather, Tito Moczygemba, told the TV station.
Her stepfather, Tito Moczygemba, said the Madison High School sophomore was earning straight A’s. Family members claimed her phone was taken, and they do not believe the shooting was random.
“Our dog came back by himself and that’s not normal,” Diamond’s mother, Anna Machado, said. “So, I called my daughter but she didn’t answer.”
Police were unable to identify any suspects or motive. A police spokesman told reporters at the scene that people in the neighborhood reported hearing “numerous gunshots,” and said the only initial lead may be a dark vehicle seen fleeing north from the area.
Police have not released a motive or description of any suspects. Police did say preliminary information is that a dark-colored suspect vehicle drove away on Parkwood Drive.
They consider the shooting to be a homicide.
A statement from Houston Independent School District, without identifying the victim, said:
“HISD grieves the loss of a Madison High School student who died Tuesday while off-campus. We offer our deepest sympathy to the student’s family, friends and the entire school community.
Counselors have been made available to support students and staff at this difficult time. They will remain available for as long as they are needed.”
Police asked anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at 713-521-4600 or the police homicide division at 713-308-3600.
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