HOUSTON — Three teens suspects accused of killing a 15-year-old resident at an apartment complex in northwest Houston appeared before a Harris County judged Monday.
Jashon Romero Freeman, 18, Jacorey Jervar Randolph, 19, and Albert Ray Edmond, 18, are accused of fatally shooting a Bryan Portales about 8:05 p.m. at the Innsbruck-Lemoyne Apartments in the 4600 block of Sherwood Lane.
Police said the suspects came to the apartment and got into an altercation with the victim while in the parking lot. Edmond is accused of shooting Bryan multiple times and then stealing his belongings. The trio then left the scene in a black BMW sedan.
The victim was pronounced dead when first responders arrived.
"It just hurts everybody, knowing that we all grew up together, we're all family," cousin Cristal Perez said.
The shooting comes just a week before Bryan's 16th birthday.
"Even though he's gone now, he will still be living in our hearts and in our mind," Perez said.
The police department said a description of the suspect vehicle was broadcast over the police radio, eventually leading to the teens being arrested by officers with the Spring Valley Police Department. They were taken into custody without incident, police said.
Just hours after the suspects appeared in court Friday, the victim's friends and family gathered for a barbecue benefit.
"He was always the goofy one," Bryan's friend Nathan Castro said. "The one that you always wanted to be around, he was always positive with everything."