Ahwatukee shooting leaves grieving family of 18-year-old with questions

Police say a shooting late Monday night in an Ahwatukee neighborhood left an 18-year-old dead, and the shooter is still on the run.

According to Phoenix Police, the shooting happened just before 6:30 p.m. on March 7 near Interstate 10 and Ray Road. When officers arrived at the scene, they found 18-year-old Anthony Covarrubias with gunshot wounds.

He was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries. Investigators say they are working to determine what led up to the shooting and who was involved.

His mother, Lisa Carrillo, says, "I just feel like I just ripped something out of my heart like … I don’t understand why people would be so evil."

Covarrubias, also known as "Geo" or "Chubbz" to his family and friends, had his whole life ahead of him.

"It just hurts that he’s not going to be able to grow up with my daughter, to be that uncle he was when he was alive. It just hurts," said his sister, Destiny Covarrubias.

His family is of course devastated, remembering him as a funny, smart, and well-loved guy. Often at times known as the man of the house.

"If I went somewhere, he went somewhere. If he went somewhere, I went with him. We were attached, we were the closest ones, we read each other’s minds. That was my everything," his sister said.

After the shooting, he was taken to the hospital where he died. His mom says she was coming home from work when she saw the ambulance.

"He texted me, he goes, ‘Mom, where you at?’ I said, ‘I’m on my way.’ He goes, ‘OK I love you.' He goes, ‘I’m hungry.’ That’s the last text I got from him," Carrillo said.

The family is demanding justice and is hoping someone in the neighborhood saw something or captured the shooter on a surveillance camera.

"I’m asking for justice," his mother said. "I wish they’ll catch the person that did it and I want to tell that person, because I know you’re watching, come out and give yourself up."

If you have any information, you're asked to call the police at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS, or 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.

Visit the family's GoFundMe here https://www.gofundme.com/f/pzkha-funeral-expenses

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