One teen dead, one in custody after deadly East Austin home break-in

One Austin teenager is dead and another is in custody after a home burglary becomes a homicide investigation.

The shattered glass from a front window shows how the burglars got inside a hose on the 6000 block of Perlita Dr Monday evening. Monica Del Gado, and a friend, came to the scene Tuesday morning looking for her brother fearing that somehow he was involved.

“He is a nice person, he wouldn't, I don’t even know why he was in there,” said Del Gado.

Investigators say 14-year-old Axel Loera had gone into the house with a 16-year-old friend. When police arrived, after receiving a 911 call, they found Loera on the second floor dead from a gunshot wound. Detectives say he was shot by his 16-year-old friend.

"Whether or not it was accidental or not, we don’t know, at this time. Even if it is, recklessly discharging a firearm causing the death of another person is still manslaughter,” said APD Lt. Justin Newsom.

The 16-year-old reportedly fled the area but later turned himself into authorities. He is a juvenile and is not being identified. Neighbors say it was a chaotic scene Monday night.

"I saw seven cop cars and a street blocked off that's all I saw... I went to go get my mail and it was still sitting there taking pictures that's all I seen,” said Sonny Collier.

Investigators are trying to determine if the gun used in the fatal shooting belonged to the homeowner or if it was brought into the house by the teenagers. The residents were not home at the time.

The Burglary was captured on a home security system. Detectives spent the day reviewing the video to see if anyone else was involved.

"At this point we don’t know that, we are still trying to seek out some people we need to question to see, if there were others involved, but as far as we know right now, it’s just the two,” said Lt. Newsom.

Loera was going to go to LBJ high school this fall, according to his sister. Instead of preparing for his freshman year, his family is now having to make plans for his funeral.

Only a burglary charge has been filed at this time against the 16-year-old. With the shooting classified as the 13th murder this year in Austin, investigators tell FOX 7 that charges are expected to be upgraded.

 

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