APD: 2 teens in custody after fatal Thursday night shooting
March 02, 2018 10:16 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A shooting at an Albuquerque park in the middle of the afternoon is shocking enough, but police say two 15-year-olds are who killed a 25-year-old man on Thursday.
Regular visitors at Tower Park say the incident doesn't shock them. They say gunshots, violence and drugs have become all too common there.
Brothers Ethan and Dyson Sherman love to skateboard there, but the bliss of enjoying their favorite hobby doesn't seem to last long these days.
“I just come to the skate park to skate and just people with guns do stupid things. It happens often here. Sad to say but it's something we're just used to it,” said Ethan.
Ethan and Dyson arrived at Tower Park Thursday, shortly after police say a man was shot in the chest and later died. They say they saw a lot of police activity and knew something was wrong.
The two 15-year-olds -- Jeremiah De La Pena and Santiago Armijo -- are facing murder charges. Dyson said he knew of Armijo, adding the 15-year-old "scootered and biked a little bit" and even hung out with him a few times. Ethan recognized his face and name, but he said Armijo was nothing more than an acquaintance.
The victim in this shooting is 25-year-old Larry Desantiago. Police haven't talked about a motive in the case or what led to the shooting.
Police aren't saying what led up to the shooting and the brothers can't say they know for certain either, but they do know what they see a lot of at their park.
"We’ll be sitting here you know they'll be a car that will pass by a few times. We already know to kind of watch out for that car," said Dyson.
He went on to describe what happens when things get worse, saying "we hear gunshots. We go hide behind the ramps make sure no one, none of our friends are hit. If there are any little kids in the area we make sure they get to their parents."
Ethan said his friends assume the activity stems from drug deals-gone-wrong -- a sad reality, the boys say they’ve adapted to.
Updated: March 02, 2018 10:16 PM
Created: March 02, 2018 10:32 AM
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