FORT WORTH — A 16-year-old boy accused in a fatal shooting and a kidnapping turned himself in Monday night after his former girlfriend was reunited with her family.
The girl and a family friend had been talking in a car outside her home Sunday evening when the friend was shot in the head, police said.
Larry Sigala, 16, was taken into custody Monday night at his parents’ home without incident, police said. The girl, Mirella Collazo, 15, was found by her family as she was walking along Seminary Drive. The girl was being questioned by police late Monday night.
"She was OK," said Erika Collazo, the girl’s sister. "She was just crying. She didn’t have time to explain, and we didn’t want to ask too much right away. We’re just glad she’s home."
Erika Collazo said the family was headed to Sigala’s house at the time because they had learned he was going to turn himself in, and they expected him to take Mirella there.
The girl’s friend, Juan Mejia Alanis, 20, died Monday morning at John Peter Smith Hospital from his injuries, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.
The incident began Sunday night when Alanis and Mirella Collazo sat in a car in front of her home in the 4400 block of Merida Avenue in south Fort Worth, waiting for her sister and her sister’s boyfriend to join them.
"We were just going out," Erika Collazo said, when a teenager identified as Sigala and another young man drove up to the house, got out and walked up to the car, witnesses told police.
Witnesses said Sigala shot Alanis in the head, police said. No further information was released about the other young man.
Witnesses also told police that Sigala then forced Mirella Collazo into his pickup.
The shooting and kidnapping occurred about 7:30 p.m. A statewide Amber Alert was issued late Sunday night; it was canceled Monday evening after the girl was found.
Erika Collazo said Monday that she ran to the car and tried to help Alanis.