A Texas family is in mourning following the tragic shooting death of a teen boy. Fifteen-year-old Jaden Rosas was playing video games with his cousin when an unrelated shooting outside the apartment led to the boy’s death.
The boy from O’Donnell, Texas had been visiting relatives in San Antonio following a particularly tumultuous time for his family. Rosas’ mother reportedly passed away from cervical cancer two months ago, and he had been in town to visit her resting place.
Relatives said Rosas was playing Fortnite with his 11-year-old cousin around 3 am on Tuesday, July 20, when a fight broke out nearby. Police say shots were fired between a group inside an apartment and another in the complex’s parking lot.
According to family members, Rosas heard the commotion and stood up to investigate — at which point a bullet tore through the home and struck the boy in the head. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died.
“It’s my kid’s room,” Rosas’ uncle, Ray Rosas, said of the incident. “A bullet right next to my nephew. My nephew got it. Dudes were fighting in the back. They were shooting at each other and they brought it up here to the front.”
Police confirmed that Rosas was not directly involved with the shootout that claimed his life.
“We believe that he was just innocent in his apartment complex when he was struck,” San Antonio Police Officer Christopher Ramos told press. “This is very tragic, especially since a young man’s life has been lost.”
Police also said they were searching for three suspects who ran away from the scene, although a description was not available.
Rosas’ family held a candlelight vigil for the teen on the night of July 20, where friends and relatives gathered in his memory.
“All I can say is that I love him, and I am going to miss him deeply,” Rosas’ aunt, Belinda Guzman, said at the vigil. “He was such a sweetheart.”
Meanwhile, his father Epi Rosas spoke to KENS5 about the immeasurable loss.
“I am just trying to process this,” that father said. “It is very hard for me. Now, in my heart, I know that my son will never come home.”
Rosas’s family has created a GoFundMe to help pay for burial expenses, which can be found here.