AUSTIN, Texas - A vigil is being held in South Austin for a 13-year-old who was killed.
Over the weekend, Brett Cardenas was killed after a 41-year-old man chased him and his friend down in his car and got out to physically assault him. The adult reportedly forgot to put his car in park, and it ran over Brett Cardenas during the assault.
The candlelight vigil is being held at 7:30 p.m. on April 15 at the location of Brett's memorial, at the corner of Menchaca Boulevard and Marcos Abrams Boulevard. The family is also asking for donations to help with the funeral expenses.
Anyone interested in donating to Brett Cardenas' family can send it to InlovingmemoryBrett@gmail.com on Zelle or @InlovingmemoryBrett on Venmo.
According to police, two 13-year-olds had possibly engaged in mischief earlier in the evening by throwing feces on Xavier Eliud Zarate's doorstep. Zarate reportedly told police this was an ongoing issue with the juveniles.
After feces had been thrown at his door, Zarate allegedly got into his Ford SUV with his own 4-year-old child and drove down the street to confront the juveniles. A witness said Zarate pulled up behind the juveniles on Marcus Abrams Boulevard and exited the vehicle.
After Zarate exited his vehicle, he allegedly began punching one of the juveniles, 13-year-old Brett Cardenas. Zarate also reportedly told the juveniles "You're going to die tonight you little shit!" before he began punching.
The witness was asked by police if Zarate's interaction was immediately an assault or if Zarate had attempted to restrain or stop the juveniles at first. The witness described Zarate's interaction as punching the juveniles, according to the police.
While Zarate was assaulting 13-year-old Brett Cardenas, the SUV began to roll forward.
The witness told police that he saw the vehicle run over the 13-year-old, and he witnessed trauma to his face, head, and arm. Zarate reportedly got back into his vehicle before it finally came to stop approximately 175-180 feet away from where it had run over the juvenile. Police believe the vehicle was never placed into park.
Brett Cardenas was transported to South Austin Hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries.
He died later that night from his injuries, according to police.