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A second man has been arrested by Albuquerque, New Mexico, police in the shooting death of a 17-year-old that was followed by a 911 dispatcher hanging up on the victim’s friend as she sought help.
Christopher Cruz, 21, turned himself in to police Monday and was charged with murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and other counts, according to police and jail records.
The victim, Jaydon Chavez-Silver, 17, was shot as he sat on a kitchen counter during a house party in June. The shots were fired from outside the house, police said. Nothing in police documents indicates Chavez-Silver was the intended target.
On Friday, police arrested the son of a New Mexico state lawmaker in connection with the killing. Donovan Maez, 18, was charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon and other counts, according to records. He is being held on $250,000 bail.
After Chavez-Silver was shot, 911 dispatcher Matthew Sanchez appeared to grow frustrated with a woman who called asking for assistance, and hung up on her as she was trying to keep her friend alive. Sanchez resigned.
Tipsters identified Maez as the alleged shooter, police said in a criminal complaint. Cruz allegedly drove the vehicle from which the shots were fired, police said they were told.
An unidentified person who knows both men said someone who lives in the home owed Cruz money for marijuana, and that there was a previous fight at the home that may have motivated the shooting, police said. Jail records do not list a lawyer for Cruz.
Maez is the son of New Mexico state Rep. Stephanie Maez. She expressed her remorse to Chavez-Silver’s mother during a news conference on Monday, according to NBC affiliate KOB.
"I want to start by saying how truly sorry I am for Nicole Chavez's loss," she said. "As a mother, I can't imagine the pain she's going through regarding her son, Jaydon."