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Friends and family of 15-year-old shooting victim plead for peace

15-year-old Angelo Barboza, killed in a fatal shooting 4/23/2016 that began at the Hollywood Rec Center (Nathan O'Neal | KSNV News 3)

Tonight, a mother is grieving after her 15-year-old son Angelo Barboza was killed in a violent shootout overnight.

"When he left, I told my son that I love him ... he answered back, 'I love you too mom, I'll be back in a couple of hours.' A couple of hours never came; he's dead," said Crystal Barboza, the victim's mother.

Crystal Barboza spoke out at the Hollywood Recreation Center, the very spot where violence erupted.

Police say more than 50 shots were fired in the deadly shootout.

Angelo was one of four teens shot in the neighborhood. One is still in critical condition while the other are expected to live.

"Stop messing around with gangs and guns and trying to be something that you're not," Crystal said. "Life is too short. He was only 15 and look at what happened."

Valentino Cruz can't believe his brother got caught up in the chaos.

"My brother was very calm, very quiet," Cruz said. "He didn't mess with nobody, so for this to happen to him was very hard."

Metro police have been working on this problem area for at least eight months. They're now asking parents to help police their kids.

"The kids that were out here last night ... many of them between 15- and 18-years-old ... how are they getting access to weapons?" asked LVMPD Capt. Jack Owen.

Lt. Dan McGrath says detectives are not ruling out a gang nexus at this point.

"There are some indications or associations with gangs, but I'm not sure if that's the motivation for the escalation of the fight, shooting, or stabbing at this time," Lt. McGrath said.

While one teen was arrested in connection to the shooting, tonight these parents and police are sending a message of peace.

"We don't want revenge. We just want everybody to be at peace," Cruz said.

This is the 55th homicide investigated in Metro's jurisdiction in 2016.

Anyone with information in connection with the deadly shooting is urged to contact LVMPD's Homicide Section at 702-828-3521 or by email at homicide@lvmpd.com. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers on the web or call 702-385-5555.


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