‘Speak up’: Houston woman, 16, fatally shot as she walked dog

Police proceed searching for who fatally shot a 16-year-old Houston woman as she walked her dog

HOUSTON — Like she did most days, 16-year-old Diamond Alvarez walked her household’s dog Peanut in her southwest Houston neighborhood on Tuesday night.

Since it was already darkish, her mom, Anna Machado, advised her to solely keep out 20 minutes after which return residence. But Diamond by no means got here again as she was fatally shot round 9:30 p.m. Tuesday a few blocks away on the aspect of a avenue close to a grassy area the place all of the neighborhood kids play. Her household discovered her physique by the greenspace after Peanut ran residence without Diamond. Machado tried to revive her daughter by performing CPR, however it was too late.

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“I attempted and I attempted and I attempted. When I (noticed) there was nothing else I might do, I started telling her how a lot I like her and that I’m all the time right here,” Machado stated.

Houston police on Thursday continued searching for who shot Diamond a number of occasions. Police say that witnesses reported listening to a number of gunshots after which the sound of tires squealing as a probably darkish car fled the scene. Investigators haven’t commented on a doable motive for the capturing.

Machado stated when her brother heard the gunshots, she twice phoned Diamond, however the calls went straight to voicemail.

When Peanut “got here by himself, I already knew one thing was improper. I already knew my child wasn’t OK,” Machado stated.

Thursday afternoon, Machado and different members of the family and mates gathered at a makeshift memorial with candles, stuffed animals and balloons arrange close to the place her physique was discovered and fondly remembered Diamond as a contented one that labored exhausting, beloved college and dreamed of being a beautician in the future.

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“She was working actually exhausting in class to graduate. And she was getting there,” Machado stated of her daughter, who was a sophomore in highschool. “And she didn’t get to graduate. She didn’t get her diploma. She didn’t get to be a mom, wedding ceremony, children, nothing.”

Diamond’s uncle, Roberto Mejia, described her as an outgoing one that was a tough employee and was keen to attempt new issues.

“She was identified for having lashes,” Mejia stated.

“Her large lashes,” Machado stated as she laughed in a second of levity.

Mejia stated Diamond introduced pleasure to everybody she met.

“We simply can’t imagine that one thing so horrible would occur to a candy individual like that. She didn’t deserve that. Nobody does, particularly not a younger woman that’s 16 years previous. So, we simply need justice and whoever is accountable to be delivered to justice,” Mejia stated.

Diamond’s household has arrange a GoFundMe web page to assist pay for her funeral bills.

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Machado stated Diamond’s siblings have been coping with her dying as greatest they might however that her 14-year-old brother was having a tough time as he was the one who first discovered her physique.

“He simply desires to be sturdy. He doesn’t wish to cry,” she stated.

Diamond’s household remained hopeful that police would discover her killer.

“If somebody is aware of, come out and communicate up. Who would need somebody to be on the market like that, that harmful?” she stated. “I’m not getting my daughter again. But no less than he’ll pay.”

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