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16-Year-Old Shot, Killed During Drug Deal

Micheal Chukwuebuka, Reporting

A 16-year-old was shot and killed Wednesday night in what authorities believe may be a drug deal gone wrong.

According to Houston Police Department, two 16-year-old boys were assaulting a 19-year-old man with brass knuckles at about 10:30 p.m., at the El Paraiso Apartments on Corporate Drive.

They allegedly ordered him to go retrieve anything of value in his apartment and bring it to them.

“He (the 19-year-old) was met at the door by his mother, who handed him a firearm. The suspects then began demanding those belongings and threatening his mother and the complainant again. He opened fire, striking both suspects,” Lt. T. Riley said.

Neighbor Brian Payne, who lives nearby, said he was home at the time of the shooting:

“I was lying in bed, heard gunshots, and when I came out here, saw someone lying right here facedown on the ground, went and checked for a pulse, and he was already dead.”

Investigators said one of the 16-year-olds died at the scene. Kenia Cortez identified that teen as her son, Joseph Pineda Cortez.

She said her family of six children is from Honduras and lives just right across the street at the Waterfalls Park Apartments.

Her 9-year-old daughter, who helped with Spanish translation, explained how this incident has impacted their family:

“My sister’s 13th birthday is today, and she is super sad because he (Joseph) died.”

According to ABC 13, Houston police said the other 16-year-old will survive after being shot in the abdomen and leg.

Investigators did not release the shooter’s name, citing that he has not been charged or arrested. It’s unclear if that will change in the future.

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