Houston girl, 16, shot dead while walking her dog
HOUSTON – As she did most of the time, 16-year-old Diamond Alvarez walked her family’s dog Peanut through her southwest Houston neighborhood on Tuesday night.
As it was already dark, her mother, Anna Machado, told her to only stay outside for 20 minutes and then go home. But Diamond never returned as she was shot and killed around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday a few blocks down the side of a street near a grassy field where all the neighborhood kids are playing. His family found his body near the green space after Peanut returned home without Diamond. Machado tried to revive his daughter by performing CPR, but it was too late.
“I tried and I tried and I tried. When I (saw) that I couldn’t do anything else I started telling her how much I love her and that I am still here, “Machado said.
Houston Police continued to search for who repeatedly shot Diamond on Thursday. Police said witnesses said they heard several gunshots and then the sound of screeching tires as a possibly dark vehicle fled the scene. Investigators have not commented on the possible motive for the shooting.
Machado said when her brother heard the shots she called Diamond twice, but the calls went straight to voicemail.
When Peanut “came on her own, I already knew something was wrong. I already knew my baby was wrong,” Machado said.
On Thursday afternoon, Machado and other family and friends gathered at a makeshift memorial with candles, stuffed animals and balloons set up near where his body was found and rested. fondly remembered as a happy, hard-working person who loved school, and dreamed of being a beautician. one day.
“She was working really hard in school to graduate. And she was getting there,” Machado said of her daughter, who was in her second year in high school. “And she didn’t graduate. She didn’t graduate. She couldn’t have been a mother, marriage, kids, nothing.”
Diamond’s uncle Roberto Mejia described her as an outgoing person who worked hard and was ready to try new things.
“She was known to have eyelashes,” Mejia said.
“His big eyelashes,” Machado said, laughing in a light-hearted moment.
Mejia said Diamond brings joy to everyone she meets.
“We just can’t believe something so horrible could happen to a sweet person like this. She didn’t deserve this. Nobody deserves it, especially not a 16 year old young woman. So we just want that. justice and who is responsible be brought to justice, ”Mejia said.
Diamond’s family set up a GoFundMe page to help them pay for their funeral expenses.
Machado said Diamond’s siblings were dealing with his death as best they could, but his 14-year-old brother was struggling as he was the person who first found his body.
“He just wants to be strong. He doesn’t want to cry,” she said.
Diamond’s family were hopeful that the police would find their killer.
“If anyone knows, come out and talk. Who would want someone out there like that, so dangerous?” she said. “I’m not getting my daughter back. But at least you know he will pay.”