Friends and Family Speak Out After Their 15-Year-Old Loved One is Murdered - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Friends and Family Speak Out After Their 15-Year-Old Loved One is Murdered

An altercation that turned deadly in front of an elementary school has left a 15-year-old dead and police still searching for his killers. Police believe the fatal shooting was gang related but the family of the young victim is speaking out and say their loved one was not in a gang.

Javier Eduardo Castaneda was shot to death 6:00 pm Wednesday outside of the Harwell Elementary School. Seven rounds were fired during a drive by shooting; one of those was a fatal shot to the boys stomach.

His friends say he wanted to grow up to be just like his older brother, but that dream would be shattered. Javier died hours later at the young age of 15. Flowers now lay at the scene of the crime.

His killers are still at large. Police are actively searching for 19-year-old Alfredo Perez and 18-year-old Vincent Lee Sandoval. Both are considered armed and dangerous.

Police say the fatal shooting was gang related, but friends and family members of Javier say he was not in a gang.

"They have cousins everywhere it's a lot of cousins together that ain't gang related. They like all kinds of colors, not just one. They're a big family not gang related," explains Destini Vasquez. 

But with the shooters still on the loose, these teens and good friends of Javier say they really aren't scared. They don't have time to be since they've been raising money to help Javier's family pay for funeral costs. They had a car wash Saturday and are selling these t-shirts for 10 dollars.

They say their bravery will continue to shine through until the suspects are behind bars. Again those two suspects are still on the loose and police believe they are in the Lubbock area. 

They could be seen in a white older four door sedan, or a green ford ranger pickup. If you've seen these men or know their whereabouts, you're urged to call Crime Line. That number is (806)741-1000.

Also, if you would like to make a donation to the Castaneda family, you can go to any City Bank location.

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