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A teen in Texas, accused of shooting his girlfriend 22 times, has been released on bail.
Frank Deleon Jr, 17, was apprehended on Monday by police and is charged with the murder of Diamond Alvarez, 15, on January 11th. The murder is reported to have occurred at roughly 9:30 p.m., at a field a few blocks away from Alvarez’s home in Houston, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Deleon reportedly had been in a relationship with another girl, while simultaneously seeing Alvarez on the side. Alvarez had reportedly gone to meet him to complain to him about this arrangement and possibly threatened to end their own relationship.
At some point in the confrontation, Deleon is alleged to have repeatedly shot Alvarez, 22 times in total, according to Houston Police. Alvarez’s family was alerted to trouble after hearing the gunshots, and then seeing the family dog, Peanut, scratching at the door, covered in blood, and alone. Alvarez had taken Peanut out for a walk when she went to meet with Deleon. The girl was found by her youngest brother, alive, and her mother, Anna Machado, attempted CPR, but Alvarez died at the scene.
Prosecutors for the case allege that Deleon was found “attempting to pack his bags to flee the jurisdiction,” with a half-packed suitcase and pile of clothes on his bed when police arrested him.
On Tuesday, Deleon was released after posting $250,000 in bail, prompting shock and outrage from Machado.
“He doesn’t deserve a bond. I don’t think so, I don’t think that’s right. I don’t care if he had no priors. I don’t care. Whatever he did, the way he executed my daughter, and he’s walking the streets like nothing and mocking people. What kind of animal is that? He doesn’t even deserve a high bond. He executed my daughter,” she said.
The relationship between the two which had been going on for less than a year had been troubled, according to family members. The two had been very”on and off,” according to Machado. “My daughter was always crying about him,” Machado stated, but said she hadn’t seen any clear red flags that her daughter’s life was in danger.
A memorial has been set up at the location where Alvarez’s body had been located by her brother, with stuffed animals, balloons, and candles. Alvarez reportedly was an excellent student, who also played volleyball and basketball, and expressed a desire for a career in cosmetology after graduating high school.
After Deleon’s arrest, Machado said she felt great relief, and visited the makeshift memorial.
“I went up over there [to the memorial] again, crying and said: ‘Baby you have justice. It’s not done yet. It’s not over yet. But at least we know a name.”
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