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HOUSTON – The memorial dedicated to the 15-year-old who was shot 22 times in southwest Houston on Tuesday continues to grow.
A sign with the phrase “Justice for Diamonds” appeared this Thursday and this Friday more people came to leave candles, teddy bears, crosses, flowers, balloons, drawings and messages in the vacant lot where Diamond Alvarez She was found dying after being shot.
Diamond went for a walk with his dog Peanut through the neighborhood and minutes later his relatives heard gunshots. When Peanut returned home without Diamond, her family went looking for her and her victim’s brother found her lying on the floor bleeding and dying.
Her mother tried to help her with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but Diamond died at the scene.
That vacant lot where children play in the afternoons today is a space of sadness and where Diamond’s family and friends come to remember her.
“We will miss you, you left too soon”, someone wrote on one of the posters placed in the place.
The family opened a GoFundMe account to cover funeral costs, the account’s goal was $10,000, and by Friday donations had surpassed that amount.
A funeral date for Diamond had not been announced as of Friday.
The investigation in the case continues and the Houston Police as of Friday have not given a motive for the murder, but it has been revealed that they have some leads that they are pursuing.
Diamond’s mother, Anna Machado, gave police texts where the victim and her ex-boyfriend were arguing and one where the ex-boyfriend asks Diamond to go to the vacant lot to meet with him.
Police said they have already spoken with the person of interest, but at this time they do not have enough evidence to press charges.
Houston Police have not released the name of the person of interest.