Teen charged with murder of ex-girlfriend who was shot 22 times

A 17-year-old boy was arrested Monday and charged with murder for allegedly shooting his ex-girlfriend 22 times as she walked her dog in a Houston park last week, authorities said.

Diamond Alvarez, 16, was lured to the park last Tuesday after she received a text message from the suspect, Frank Deleon Jr., asking that she meet him there, the victim’s mother Anna Machado said.

Frank Deleon Jr.
Frank Deleon Jr. is charged with murder.

Soon after, Alvarez’s family heard the gunfire from their house and rushed to the nearby green space when their dog, Peanut, returned home alone, relatives said.

The family found Alvarez’s body and the mother tried to revive her daughter by performing CPR, but it was too late.

Police said the teen couple’s relationship ended after Alvarez learned Deleon was cheating on her.

Machado said her daughter and her alleged killer dated “on and off” for about a year.

“My daughter was always crying about him,” the mother said.

Machado said she visited a makeshift memorial honoring her daughter after learning of the arrest in the case.

“I went up over there again, crying and said: ’Baby you have justice. It’s not done yet. It’s not over yet. But at least we know a name,’” she said.

Deleon was being held in Harris County Jail and prosecutors are seeking a $250,000 bond.

But Machado wants the suspect held without bond.

“He doesn’t even deserve a high bond. He executed my daughter,” the mother said.

With Post wires

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