2 arrested in shooting death of Clayton County teen

2 arrested in shooting death of Clayton County teen

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Two 18-year-olds are under arrest for the tragic shooting death of 13-year-old Steven Diaz of Clayton County. Authorities say more arrests could be on the way.

Early Thursday, officers arrested Gilberto Gomez and Sergio Alvear and charged both with murder, according to the Clayton County Police Department. Police say Gomez pulled the trigger that ended 13-year-old Steven Galindo Diaz’ life.

The reason: the murder suspects allegedly wanted the Lamborghini-style, or "butterfly," doors on Samaria Diaz' pick-up truck.

"It was the type of vehicle that had Lamborghini doors, some call them butterfly doors. They're the special type of doors that come on the Lamborghini vehicles. And, that's what they saw and what alerted their attention to that particular vehicle," Clayton County Police Major Johnny Robinson said.

Prior to the shooting, Gomez only had traffic violations as priors. Now, both are charged with ending the life of a young boy, who was just helping his sister with her truck right outside of the family's home on Sylvia Drive last Monday night.

The young teen was putting air in one of the car tires when a red sport-utility vehicle pulled up and two men stepped out.

Police say two men -- Gomez and Alvear -- stepped out of the SUV and approached the brother and sister. The men demanded Steven and Samaria hand over their truck keys and belongings. Police say one of the suspects snatched a necklace from Diaz's neck.

The second suspect tried to start her truck and got angry when it wouldn't start, police say. Alvear carried a bat and began swinging at the truck, police say.

At some point, Gomez started shooting at the vehicle and the siblings, police said.  Steven and Samaria both tried to run away, but the 13-year-old could not escape the gunfire.

Samaria said, "The other dude with the shot gun, he just starts pointing at the truck... and he starts shooting in the windshield. When he shoots at it, me and [Steven] were about to run. I grabbed his hand and I'm like, 'Come on, little brother. Come on, little brother." And, we try to run and as soon as I get up to like probably two steps after the tree, he says, 'Samaria, come back. I got shot.' He said, 'Come back. It hurts me.'

"I run back. I put him in my hands and I'm like, 'Stay with me. Stay with me.'," she said.

Samaria said that she performed CPR on her brother, but he died at the hospital.

Investigators believe Gomez and Alvear may be affiliated with a gang. They face felony murder, aggravated assault and armed robbery among other charges. Police say they are looking to make more arrests.

Steven's brother, Jose Diaz, said he believes that there could be more suspects on the loose.

"For sure I think there was more. I think there was at least five of them. Two in the front and three in the back," said Jose Diaz.

Jose Diaz said he chased after the gunmen following the shooting. He said one of them even tried to fire at him, but the shotgun didn't go off.

Loved ones flooded the Diaz home in the days that followed, holding a vigil in Steven's memory. Classmates and teachers from Steven's school also came out to his home to pay their respects.

A viewing for Steven Diaz was held Thursday night the Atlanta Mortuary Service in Atlanta on Dogwood Road.

The funeral is planned for 11 a.m. Friday at Mission San Felipe De Jesus, located at 925 Conley Road in Forest Park.

Clayton County police say they're continuing their investigation into the attempted robbery and shooting and that more arrests are not out of the question. Also, police have recovered the shotgun and bat used by the suspects - but, they have yet to recover the red SUV. They said the gun had been stolen out of Cobb County.

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