HARRIS COUNTY, TX. (THECOUNT) — Frank Deleon Jr., the 17-year-old boyfriend of teen girl, Diamond Alvarez, who was shot and killed in southwest Houston, has been released from jail after he was arrested for her murder.
Deleon Jr., 17, posted his $250,000 bond Wednesday morning, according to court records. He’s charged with the murder of 15-year-old Alvarez.
Family members heard gunshots on Jan. 11 around 9:30 p.m. and grew worried because they knew Alvarez was outside, walking her dog named “Peanut.”
Her mother went outside and found her daughter shot 22 times in the 15400 block of Park Manor near Markwood Lane, just a few blocks from their home.
According to Houston police, Deleon Jr. was simultaneously in a romantic relationship with Alvarez and another girl. When Alvarez learned about the other relationship, she went to meet Deleon in the neighborhood. That’s when he shot her multiple times, according to ABC13.
Deleon was arrested Monday night after detectives worked with the community to track down witnesses and leads, HPD said.
In court Tuesday, prosecutors said that when officers arrested Deleon, a suitcase was found in his room, packed with enough belongings for more than an overnight trip.
When prosecutors requested his $250,000 bond, they said there were concerns that Deleon would be violent against Alvarez’s family and retaliate.
According to a witness, Deleon was violent against Alvarez in the past, including pointing a gun at her.
“HPD expresses its heartfelt condolences to Ms. Alvarez’s family and looks forward to following this case through the courts as we seek justice on her behalf,” the department said on Twitter.
The family has also set up a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses.
Geo quick facts: Harris County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas, located in the southeastern part of the state near Galveston Bay. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,092,459, making it the most populous county in Texas and the third most populous county in the United States – Wikipedia.