published : 2023-08-22
Tragic Mistake: Albuquerque Drive-by Shooting Takes the Life of 5-year-old Girl
Unresolved Feud Between Teenagers Result in an Accidental Death
In a tragic event last week, four teenagers have been implicated in a heart-wrenching incident which culminated in the mistaken death of a five-year-old girl in southwest Albuquerque.
The innocent child was caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting while she was sleeping inside her trailer home.
Authorities announced the charges on Monday, confirming that this was indeed a case of mistaken identity and perhaps a consequence of an ongoing feud.
It was revealed that a teenage boy, who shared his living quarters in the trailer with his grandmother, was the actual target of the charged teenagers.
The dispute between them had its roots in their middle school years and had been intensifying over time.
Currently, two teens, aged 15 and 16 respectively, are in police custody with the other two, brothers aged 15 and 17, still at large.
In compliance with policy, the names of the involved teenagers are held from public knowledge due to their minor status.
The four teenagers, in two stolen vehicles, are said to have entered a mobile home park around dawn on Aug. 13.
A barrage of gunshots reportedly came from at least one of the vehicles aimed towards the trailer where the young girl, Galilea Samaniego, was peacefully sleeping alongside her two sisters.
Tragically, Samaniego was struck in the head by one of the flying bullets and succumbed to her injuries in the hospital.
The authorities have leveled multiple charges against the four suspects, including an open count of murder, conspiracy, shooting at a dwelling or an occupied building from a vehicle, and unlawfully commandeering a motor vehicle.