San Antonio, TX – Police have arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with the murders of two women and an infant.
The unnamed juvenile was already incarcerated for an aggravated robbery offense when he was charged with capital murder on Tuesday, KSAT reported.
It is unclear what connection the teen had to the victims, or what events preceded the deadly shootings.
The attack occurred at the Rosemont at University Park Apartments in the 100-block of Emerald Ash on April 9, as 37-year-old Janette Quiroz and her 18-year-old daughter, Bernadett Quiroz, were standing next to an SUV, KSAT reported.
The 14-year-old suspect suddenly opened fire, hitting both women, according to KSAT.
Janette died at the scene.
Bernadett, who was seven months pregnant at the time, was rushed to San Antonio Military Hospital.
Doctors successfully delivered her daughter, Tabitha, by Cesarean-section, but the newborn’s mother later died, KSAT reported.
Bernadett’s grandmother, Malinda Quiroz, said that the baby had “a leakage on her tummy, a leakage in her brain, and…she didn’t have no signs of life.”
The grieving Quiroz matriarch ultimately made the heart wrenching decision to take baby Tabitha off of life support three days later.
“I would have liked for her to be here with us, but unfortunately, I didn’t want her to suffer," Malinda said. "So, I made that decision.”
She said she has some comfort in knowing that Tabitha is now with her mother.
“All I can say is she went with her mom because she was dead by the time they got her to the hospital, too. She was brain dead,” the great-grandmother explained. “So, I'm saying she died with her mommy. And the only thing that consoles me is that ‘OK, well this happened. So, I have to return her back to her mommy.’”
The Quiroz family said they hope the gunman responsible for slaying three generations of their family will face the death penalty.
“I don’t care how old you are, or how young you are, you deserve the death punishment,” said Bernadett’s brother, Damian Quiroz. “I don’t see no age in this. I see a man who killed three innocent people.”