A 16-year-old girl was murdered on Monday in Denver, Colorado, and a teenager was charged as an adult, according to the district attorney.
In a press release, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann announced that her office had filed criminal charges against Brandon Louis Sandoval, who was 17 at the time he allegedly killed 16-year-old Aaliyah Cortez.
Police responded to reports of a shooting on N. Peoria Street on Jan. 11, 2023, and when they arrived, they found the victim sitting in the passenger seat of a car and suffering from a gunshot wound.
Fox station KDVR in Denver reported that according to the arrest affidavit, Cortez was sitting in the car with her sister, who wanted to sell THC vape pens to a friend of a friend whom she never met.
The affidavit also stated that, while the sister had never met the buyer, she did have his Snapchat.
The sister was given the address of the meeting location, but when they arrived, they got lost and began driving slowly near a park.
As the two slowed, a teenage boy approached the vehicle, pointed a gun at the sister’s head, and the sister threw the THC cartridges out of the car, according to KDVR.
According to the affidavit, the sister began driving away from the teenage boy, and Cortez began hitting him to force him to let go of the car frame. The suspect then fired his gun and struck Cortez.
Sandoval’s sister identified him as the suspect after he was apprehended, according to KDVR.
Sandoval was charged with first-degree murder, felony menacing, and possessing a handgun as a minor.