2 teens, 12-year-old charged in Durham murder

2 teens, 12-year-old charged in Durham murder

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by NBC

WCNC.com

Posted on December 30, 2012 at 11:47 AM

DURHAM, N.C. -- Two teens and a 12-year-old girl are charged with murder. Police say they murdered a 35-year-old man who was giving them a ride home.

Now, the victim's cousin wants to know how a 12-year-old was able to get her hands on a deadly weapon.

Martinely Hernandez, victim Johnny Villatoro’s cousin asked NBC, “Why do they have a weapon at this young age? Who bought it for them? How'd they get it?"

Those are questions Hernandez wants answers to the day after his cousin, 35-year-old Honduran immigrant Johnny Villatoro, was shot to death.

"And when we heard the news about what happened, we were like, 'how did it happen?,' and now we know he was trying to be a nice guy," Hernandez expressed.

Durham Police say shortly before seven on Friday night, 16-year-old Justino Maya, along with two girls, a 14 year-old and a 12-year-old approached Villatoro's SUV on Avondale Drive and asked him for a ride home.

Police say the trio then shot and killed Villatoro, hijacked his SUV and dumped his body off of Firth Drive.

Investigators recovered the stolen SUV behind an apartment complex on Channing Avenue, just around the corner.

On Sunday, family and friends gathered at Villatoro's home in Durham with the grim task of planning a funeral during the holidays.

Villatoro leaves behind a wife and three kids-- the youngest is just 2-months-old.

“As an adult, we understand that life is just a path-- that somewhere it's going to stop,” Hernandez expressed, “How do you explain that to a child?"
 
Two of those juveniles are behind bars awaiting court appearances.

The 12-year-old was taken to the hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to her abdomen and leg.

Police say amid all that was happening Saturday night, she accidentally shot herself.

Police haven't mentioned a motive in the crime, but the victim's cousin says he was just leaving a check cashing place, and they think it was robbery.

The 12-year-old girl is now out of the hospital and in juvenile custody.

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