A 14-year-old girl was shot and killed in Dallas by a 16-year-old boy playing with a gun, police say.
A group of teens aged 14 to 17 were driving around in a van on Tuesday when a 16-year-old boy pulled out a gun.
The boy accidentally shot Azeneth Pina, 14, in the face. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Azeneth (pictured) was a freshman at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas
Azeneth Pina (pictured), 14, was shot and killed on Tuesday by a 16-year-old boy playing with a gun
The teens panicked when they realized Azeneth had been shot and decided to throw the gun in a creek. They then drove her to a nearby hospital, according to CBS DFW.
Azeneth was a freshman at Lake Highlands High School. The boy who accidentally shot her was not a student in the school district.
After interrogation, the teens confessed to the shooting. The 16-year-old is currently at a juvenile detention center and has been charged with manslaughter.
Grief and crisis counselors will be available at the school for the remainder of the week.
The high school sent home a letter to parents to inform them of the tragedy.
Her shooter has been arrested and charged with manslaughter. He is currently in a juvenile detention center
Azeneth was a freshman at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, Texas
The school will have grief counselors available for the remainder of the week
Principal Josh Delich wrote: ‘I’m saddened to let you know that one of our freshman students, Azeneth Pina, died yesterday. Ms. Pina was in her first year at Lake Highlands High School, but was well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and will be greatly missed.
‘An RISD crisis counseling team was at school today to talk with students and be available to support those who knew Azeneth.
‘If you’d like your child to speak with a crisis counselor about this news, please contact our counseling staff and we will make arrangements.
‘Thank you for keeping the Pina family in your thoughts during this difficult time.’
A GoFundMe has been set up to help assist the family financially.
Pictured: The letter principal Josh Delich sent home to families