A 13-YEAR-old boy was killed and three other teens hurt after they livestreamed a joyride in a stolen Audi on Wednesday, la police a dit.
The teen who was behind the wheel is now facing a murder charge, according to local authorities.
The Abilene Police Department in Texas said an investigation began early Wednesday after a concerned parent contacted law enforcement around 3.40am.
They reported their son and others were live-streaming on social media in a stolen Audi, police said in a news 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 find a wreck.
After the call from a parent, it was believed the juveniles were en route to the Dallas area.
Around 3.57am, a local sheriff’s department was dispatched to a theft at a Clyde convenience store that the teens were believed to be connected to.
Dix minutes plus tard, police saw the Audi at a hotel, where the vehicle hit an unoccupied patrol car before speeding off, according to the news release.
The stolen Audi was involved in what police called a “Majeur” vehicle accident minutes later.
The car crashed into a traffic pole at a high rate of speed, according to the Abilene Police Department.
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Four teens were found inside 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 while the three others were taken to the hospital.
A 14-year-old boy had burns on his body from the crash, while a 15-year-old was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver also sustained injuries but was released from the hospital on Wednesday and immediately arrested.
Abilene police said in an update that the 13-year-old driver of the stolen Audi will be facing charges including murder.
He is being held at the Taylor County Juvenile Detention Center with additional charges that include theft of property, evading arrest, and a directive to apprehend.
‘IT HURTS SO BAD’
One of the boy’s friends shared their disbelief over the young teen’s passing.
“It hurts so bad that he isn’t 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 bear the feeling of them losing their son like that and our friend,” il a dit.
While the news is difficult to take in, Golden said it should serve as a wake-up call for teens his age.
“You can grieve about it, but don’t let it eat you up,” il a dit.
“Make it motivate you to do better for your life.”
UNE GoFundMe verified by local news outlets was created by the boy’s family and currently sits at over $5,000 of a $7,000 but.
Some donors shared words of support for the family in this tragic time.
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“Praying for your family,” wrote one person. “May God give peace and comfort.”
“I can’t imagine the pain you are going through. Sending all of my prayers for strength and peace,” wrote another.”