EL MONTE - Three teens pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the shooting
deaths of two boys and the attempted murder of another in
Hacienda Heights. Salvador Villanueva, 18, Christopher Murray, 17,
and Angelo Vasquez, 16appeared in court in connection with the
April 3 shooting deaths ofDemetrius Flores, 17, and
Christopher Trevizo, 15, near a wash in Hacienda Heights.
Murray and Vasquez, although they are minors, are being charged as adults,
said Deputy District Attorney Habib A. Balian. A preliminary hearing for the
three is scheduled to be set July 18, 2006.
Police officials have said the shooting was not gang-related, but the boys
were involved in an argument that escalated to the shooting. Outside
the courtroom, wearing a dog tag with an etching of his son's face,
Larry Flores wept.
"It just hurts. It hurts," Flores said. "I'll never get to see my son again."
Family members of the victims held each other and cried after the teens
were arraigned in front of Judge Steven P. Sanora.
The shooting occurred about 2 p.m. April 3 in a wash near the southwest
corner of Hacienda Boulevard and Colima Road, about a block from an
elementary school, which was put on lockdown.
Authorities pulled Flores' body from the wash, and Trevizo later died at
Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. The identity of the alleged
attempted-murder victim has not been revealed.
Three boys took Metri's and Chris' earth lives but not their souls or the memories they left their families and loved ones with. They are still making new friends and working hard for their parents loved ones
and families from all over the world and especially from heaven.