Teens Charged With Murder - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/30/07

Teens Charged With Murder

Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff's Dept. Source: Lubbock Co. Sheriff's Dept.

On the same day a Lubbock family lays their son to rest, his accused killers are put behind bars.  Alfredo Perez, 19, and Vincent Lee Sandoval, 18, turned themselves in to authorities at the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office late Monday afternoon. The two remain behind bars, each on a one-hundred thousand dollar bond. They are charged with murder in the shooting death of Javier Eduardo Castaneda, 15. Castaneda was gunned down outside Harwell Elementary School last week.

NewsChannel 11 is learning more about one of the murder suspects. We spoke with Alfredo Perez's former high school teacher, who tells us he would never have suspected Perez would have ended up here in jail.

"I'm just glad they turned themselves in," Castaneda's friend Claudia Garcia said. 

Five days after Javier Eduardo Castaneda was gunned down, his accused killers walked into the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office. 

"What they did, they put us all through pain." Family members tell NewsChannel 11 it's fitting that the search came to an end on the same day they laid Castaneda to rest.," Garcia said.

"By coming in today, that's a step in the right direction, and that's the type of character I saw in him," John Hill says of Alfredo Perez. Hill taught Perez at Estacado High School and was surprised to learn he's suspected in Castaneda's death.  Hill says, "I was broken hearted over the deal because, like I said, I saw great things in him and really believed he had a great future."

Hill says he still believes there's good in Perez, and says both Perez, and Vincent Sandoval have hard choices ahead.  Hill says, "It's going to be a long, hard battle for them. You know it's not what they planned at the age of 18 and 19 for their lives, but how they respond and how people care for them right now and what they do through this whole thing could make a difference in their lives." "

Garcia says, "I just hope they ask God for forgiveness and think about what they did."

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