According to the Houston Police Department, it happened in the 9500 block of Ella Lee Lane around 8:10 p.m. on May 6 when Axel was in the parking lot when he was approached by two men. Officials say one or both of the men shot him and took off in a PT Cruiser.
Responding officers said a good Samaritan was tending to Axel’s injuries before they arrived, and rushed him to a nearby trauma center, where he later passed away. His family says Axel was a freshman at Lamar High School.
Weeks after Axel’s death, Mayor Sylvester Turner and HPD Chief Troy Finner joined his family to hold a press conference calling for the public to help find the 14-year-old’s assailants.
“I’ve said it before: ‘even the Neighborhood has rules,’ so a 14-year-old kid or innocent kid, [with his] whole life ahead of him or high school student…it just makes no sense,” Chief Finner said. “It angers me, but I tell you what, we’re going to stand strong and get these individuals in custody.”
Hernandez is the only one arrested, as of this writing, in this case, but his role was not made clear, nor were the charges the 17-year-old is facing.