Two teenagers have been charged with murder following the drive-by shooting of a Colorado real estate agent and mother, who was struck with gunfire from another vehicle as she sat in her own.
Pamela Cabriales, 32, was “shot in the head while sitting in her car” on Feb. 20 at the intersection of Colfax Avenue and I-25 in Denver, the Denver District Attorney’s Office stated in a Monday press release. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she later died.
Prosecutors have charged two teenagers with her death: Neshan Johnson, 18, and a 14-year-old boy who has not been identified because of his age. Investigators believe that the younger teen shot Cabriales as Johnson drove the car they were in. The young teen allegedly fired six times into Cabriales’ SUV before they took off, the Denver Post reported. One of the bullets struck her in the head.
“They left her for dead,” Alex Cabriales, Pamela’s brother, told KCNC-TV in Denver.
The two teens were located the following day when a Denver police officer recognized a car they were in from a prior incident. He began trailing the car, which Johnson was driving, and that led to a pursuit. Johnson then crashed the car and he and two underage males ran from the accident scene, according to the district attorney’s office. A SWAT team and K-9 Units searched the area until they discovered Johnson hiding in a nearby shed. The alleged shooter and another male juvenile were also arrested.
The 14-year-old is being charged with two counts of murder in the first degree, one count of criminal attempt to commit murder in the first degree with extreme indifference, one count of criminal attempt to commit assault in the first degree with extreme indifference, and with two counts of the sentencing enhancing charge of being an aggravated juvenile offender. Neshan Johnson has been charged with two counts of murder in the first degree, one count of criminal attempt to commit murder in the first degree with extreme indifference, one count of criminal attempt to commit assault in the first degree with extreme indifference, and one count of vehicular eluding.
It’s not clear if the teens have lawyers. A motive for the attack is unclear.
Cabriales was a real estate agent and the mother of a 5-year-old boy, KCNC-TV reports.
“She was just a beautiful, beautiful, happy, loving girl,” her brother told the outlet.
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