Diamon Alvarez: Houston girl, 15, shot TWENTY-TWO times while walking her dog
Alvarez's family says that the girl had previously argued with her boyfriend and the spot where she lay dead was the where the two had planned to meet
HOUSTON, TEXAS: While walking her dog around her Houston residence, a 15-year-old girl was shot in the back 22 times. The shooting took place on the night of Tuesday, January 11, and cops came to the scene a couple of hours later around 9.30 pm. Diamond Alvarez was found on a road close to her neighborhood park and died soon after.
Alvarez's family says that the girl had previously argued with her boyfriend and the place where she lay dead was the place where the two had planned to meet. As of Wednesday, January 12, no arrest had been made.
Family members say they grew concerned when they heard multiple gun shots from outside while the teen was out walking their dog, Peanut. A few moments later, the family heard some scratching at the door. When they went to check, it was Peanut who had his leash and harness covered in blood. Diamond wasn't with him. Ashley Machado, Diamond's elder sister, said, "when they saw Peanut by himself, they knew something was wrong." As shared by her mother Anna Machado, the youngest son in the family found Diamond on the side of the road around 15400 Park Manor near Markwood Lane.
As told by the devastated mother to KRIV-TV, "My son found her. I tried CPR, and I couldn't bring her back. I tried so hard to keep her alive. I couldn't," Anna's partner and Diamond's stepfather Moczygenba said, "whoever shot this girl 22 times in the back, they are cowards"
The entire community came together to honor Diamond Alvarez's memory and tragic death. Jovanna Martinez, a close friend, told ABC News, "I mean, the person that did that to her was very cold-hearted. She was a happy person, joyful. Her family loved her a lot. She had a lot of people that loved her, she still will too. She will forever live in everybody's heart. I don't think it's something people will get over really easy."
Police said a dark-colored vehicle that was seen constantly circling on Markwood could have possibly been involved in the shooting. They are looking in the area to see if any surveillance video is available. Alvarez was described as a straight-A student who also played volleyball and basketball. She was looking to make her name in the cosmetology industry.