A 17-year-old killed himself after his mother allegedly forced him into confessing to police that he shot his girlfriend’s military veteran lover Feb. 21.
The 17-year-old, who is unidentified, was reportedly involved in shooting 25-year-old veteran and father to five children, James Ayala, after discovering his girlfriend was romantically linked to the man.
Upon learning what her son did, his mother turned him into police.
“She’s obviously destroyed because she just witnessed her son commit suicide in front of her,” Sgt. Cedrick Collier said, reports The Washington Post.
Outside of the sheriff’s station, the boy reportedly confessed to the police officer he had shot the man.
"And (her son) stepped out of the vehicle, with a handgun, placed it to his head and pulled the trigger," Collier said, reports KHOU.
The boy was rushed to the hospital but did not survive.
Darian Mitchell, the boy’s friend and a witness to the crime, explained the 17-year-old asked his girlfriend and Ayala to come to his home upon learning he was being cheated on.
"He was like, 'What are y'all doing?' and she said, 'I'm cheating on you right now.' He got so mad so he kept yelling. He told her and her boyfriend to come meet us, to talk,” Mitchell said.
"I don't know why he was tripping over this one girl, but it was not worth it,” he added
Mitchell explains that is when he saw the teenager shoot Ayala.
“When he shot him, his girlfriend started screaming and then he ran,” he said. ”And then he shot again, and then everyone started coming out and screaming.”
Neighbors were shocked the boy - who had a good reputation - could do this in their community.
"He sounded like he was doing good. He had a job, he was getting his car. He had everything together and now that I hear this, it's unreal, you know what I mean?" said neighbor. Aaron Summerour.
“It's a very peaceful neighborhood,” added Mohammad Qureshi. “Everybody knows everybody else. We live just like a family, but i don't know what happened today.”
Meanwhile, Ayala was described by friend Jordan Downhour as a “standout guy in the Army.”
“He took me under his wing and picked me up in Brigade. He showed me all the ropes,” Downhour said. "I wish he would’ve stayed in. I think this wouldn’t have happened.”