A 13-year-old boy was killed and three other teenagers injured after they live-streamed a joyride in a stolen Audi on Wednesday, police said.
The teenager who was behind the wheel now faces murder charges, according to local authorities.
The Abilene Police Department in Texas said an investigation began early Wednesday after a concerned parent contacted law enforcement around 3:40 a.m.
They reported their son and others live-streamed on social media in a stolen Audi, police said in a press release.
Police had previously been alerted to a crash involving a 2018 Audi S5 coupe by the vehicle’s security system, but officers were unable to locate the wreckage.
After a parent called, it was believed the teens were headed to the Dallas area.
At around 3.57am a local sheriff’s department was dispatched to investigate a theft at a Clyde supermarket which the teenagers were believed to be linked to.
Ten minutes later, police saw the Audi at a hotel, where the vehicle struck an unoccupied patrol car, according to the press release, before speeding away.
Minutes later, the stolen Audi was involved in what police called a “serious” vehicle accident.
According to Abilene police, the car crashed into a traffic pole at high speed.
Four teenagers were found in the vehicle, including two 13-year-olds, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old. A 13-year-old passenger died from his injuries and the three others were taken to the hospital.
A 14-year-old boy had burns to his body in the accident, while a 15-year-old was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver also suffered injuries but was discharged from hospital on Wednesday and immediately arrested.
Abilene Police said in an update that the 13-year-old driver of the stolen Audi faces charges including murder.
He is being held at the Taylor County Juvenile Detention Center on additional charges including stealing property, evading arrest and a warrant to arrest.
‘IT HURTS SO BAD’
One of the boy’s friends shared his disbelief at the young teenager’s death.
“It hurts so much that he’s not coming back,” Jacob Golden, 15, told local news station KTAB/KRBC.
Upon hearing the news, Golden said he and his friends were shocked and in tears. He added that his heart goes out to the boy’s family.
“I can’t take the feeling that they’re losing their son and our friend like this,” he said.
While the news is hard to stomach, Golden said it should serve as a wake-up call for teenagers his age.
“You can grieve about it, but don’t let it eat you up,” he said.
“Do it motivate you to make your life better.”
A GoFundMe verified by local news outlets was created by the boy’s family and is currently over $5,000 of a $7,000 target.
A few donors offered words of support to the family during this tragic time.
“I am praying for your family,” one person wrote. “May God give peace and comfort.”
“I can’t imagine the pain you’re going through. Send all my prayers for strength and peace,” wrote another.”
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