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Russian Roulette results in local teen's fatal shooting

Ivan Farias
Posted at 10:57 AM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 23:20:24-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — An arrest report reveals Russian Roulette reportedly led to a 14-year-old boy's death Friday night.

The 17-year-old suspect who allegedly shot and killed 14-year-old Joe "Jojo" Flores, Ivan Farias, has been identified by the family as Joe's uncle.

After being told his Miranda rights, the report states Ivan and Joe were playing Russian Roulette when Joe was shot. Ivan told officers both boys were holding the gun to the victim's head and it went off, killing Joe.

The family maintains the incident was a tragic accident.

The shooting happened at 6 p.m. Friday at a home in the 1900 block of Horne Road, near the Prescott Street intersection.

The report states police were called to a home on the city's West Side. When one of the officers arrived, they found distraught relatives outside of the home. A second officer states in the report that he saw a boy on the floor who was "not moving" and was "clearly deceased."

Investigators asked relatives outside if they knew who shot the teenager, and a woman identified Farias as the suspect. Officers were told Farias fled the scene on foot.

Farias' description was given to other officers, and police found him walking along Greenwood Drive near Hickory Place.

The report states officers smelled blood, and that he had blood on his shirt. Farias was detained and taken to the Corpus Christi Police Department's main station.

Farias was charged with manslaughter. He was transported to the Nueces County Jail, and his bond amount was set at $100,000.

Family members held a candlelight vigil the night after the fatal shooting.