Juvenile arrested in Everett homicide

Oct 06, 2017

Police arrested a 13-year-old boy Thursday following the overnight shooting death of a Mariner High School freshman.

According to Everett Police spokesman Aaron Snell, just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to the shooting of a 14-year-old boy outside the breezeway of an apartment building at Walden Pond Apartments, 9900 12th Ave. W.

The victim, identified by Mukilteo School District officials as David Sandoval-Hilarios, was transported to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett where he later died from his injuries.

During the course of the investigation, detectives spoke with witnesses and believed Sandoval-Hilarios had an altercation with the 13-year-old boy, Snell said. About an hour after the altercation, the two ran into each other at Walden Pond Apartments where the 13 year old fired one shot from a pistol, he said.

Just before 10 p.m., a citizen called 911 to report seeing a male believed to be the shooter at a bus stop on W. Casino Road.

Officers responded and took the suspect into custody without incident, Snell said.

During a subsequent interview, the boy admitted to shooting the victim, and led detectives to where he hid the gun. The gun was recovered as evidence.

The shooting is believed to be gang related and the gun is believed to be borrowed from a 12-year-old, Snell said.

Mariner High principal Nate DuChesne sent a letter to parents alerting them of the tragedy. Sandoval-Hilarios’s death was announced to students at the beginning of first period Thursday.

In the letter, DuChesne wrote, “David enjoyed strong friendships with his fellow students and equally strong bonds with staff.

“Our counselors will be available to help our school community in the days to come to help with this sad loss.”

While the victim did not go to Challenger, the nearby middle school, Mukilteo School District officials said many of that school’s students live in the same apartment complex where the shooting occurred, and were aware of the tragedy.

Challenger principal Dirk Adkinson also sent a letter out to parents, telling them, “As a school and community, we grieve for the family and friends of this young man. If your child is having difficulty dealing with this situation, we have support staff here at school that are available.”

Besides trying to provide a safe environment, Adkinson said school officials hold monthly safety drills that include fire drills, earthquake drills, shelter-in-place and lockdown drills.

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