Victim, suspect used Facebook to set up Xanax deal that led to shooting, documents say
EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) —
The Ysleta High School student who was shot and killed in October knew who the alleged shooter was but died before he could tell police, according to court documents.
Daniel Raul Torres, 18, and Victor Alexander Valerio, 20, were charged with capital murder in the death of 17-year-old Ysleta High School student Juan Manuel Cervantes.
According to court documents, investigators obtained Cervantes' Facebook account information, and messages revealed that Cervantes had been writing to Torres about drugs.
Torres allegedly set up a drug deal to buy Xanax from Cervantes, court documents state.
On the day the shooting took place, investigators found a message in which Torres tells Cervantes “I’m here,” to which Cervantes replied with a thumbs-up symbol.
Court documents read that six minutes after that message was received, the 911 call was made about shots being fired on the 8400 block of Hughes Circle near Roseway Drive.
When officers arrived at the scene, emergency crews were assisting Cervantes, who at that time was conscious.
Cervantes was taken to a local hospital accompanied by a police officer, who asked him if he knew who shot him.
Cervantes nodded yes but then stopped breathing. He later died at the hospital, according to the court documents.
Torres was arrested on Wednesday on an unrelated theft charge, but when interviewed by police he implicated himself as one of the persons involved in the shooting death of Cervantes.
Torres said the gun used was thrown out of the getaway vehicle. Valerio was then identified as the other person who took part in the shooting, court documents say.
Both men were booked into the county jail without bond.