(Blytheville, AR) A 16-year-old is charged with first degree murder and is behind bars on a quarter of a million dollars bond. Investigators say he shot and killed another teen in broad daylight.
Signs warning crooks to stay away line Holly street in Blytheville.
“These kids have nothing to do, but gang up and get into trouble after school,” said resident Karen Dixon.
The alerts and cameras weren’t enough to save 18-year-old Miguel Estrada after he was shot in the head and killed Thursday while walking home from Blytheville High School, just a couple of blocks away.
“I heard a pow, pow, pow, which is not uncommon for this area,” recalled Dixon.
Dixon was in her house when she heard the shots blast into the air.
“This girl was yelling, ‘He’s got a gun,” said Dixon.
The soon to be grandmother ran down the street to help. She found Estrada laying on the ground.
“He had a real peace in his face. He just looked like a young boy. I was surprised to find out he was 18. He looked about 14-years-old. I prayed,” Said Dixon.
Dixon tells News Channel 3, she also spotted the suspected gunman and two other teens. She tried to stop the one with the gun in his hand, but he ran off after looking into Dixon's eyes.
“A blank stare. Like I don’t know what I have just done. What have I done?” Said Dixon.
Police charged a 16-year-old with 18-year-old Estrada’s murder. They also questioned a 15-year-old who was let go.
Investigators tell News Channel 3, the shooting wasn’t random. Estrada and the other teens had a history of threats between them.
“That’s not even my child. The other boy is not my child. Both families are going to suffer. I pray they don’t,” expressed Dixon.
Dixon says she and her neighbors haven’t slept since the shooting. She’s hoping her street, now plagued with crime, will soon return to the neighborhood she used to feel safe in.
“It hurts. People out here are afraid to let their kids out,“ said Dixon.
Because the shooting suspect is 16-years-old, his name has not been released.