PHOENIX - Police have arrested a person accused of shooting and killing an 18-year-old man at a north Phoenix skate park on the night of Feb. 11.
The shooting was reported just before 8 p.m. near Paradise Valley Skate Park at 40th Street and Bell Road. When officers arrived, they found 18-year-old Vicente Ladua with "obvious signs of trauma," police said.
Witnesses reportedly said they saw a man shoot him several times before running away. Ladua later died from his injuries.
Days later, police arrested 21-year-old Mykal Drew on suspicion of charges including first-degree murder and aggravated assault.
Victim's family left heartbroken
Ladua's mother, Selena Regalado, is still in shock over what happened.
"He was so funny. So goofy," said Regalado. "He loved the outside. He was just a happy, happy kid. Just so happy."
Regalado said Ladua loved fast cars and food, and spent almost everyday at the skate park near their home with his friends and siblings. Since Ladua's death, friends and family have been placing flowers by a fence at the skate park, in his memory.
"For someone to shoot him that many times, shoot him to hurt him," said Regalado. "You killed him. You murdered him, and he’s not coming back to his little sisters or his dad or his brothers or his sister. We’re all just so hurt. It’s heartbreaking."
Regalado said she heard the gunshots from her home nearby. She ran to the scene, where her younger son was holding Ladua in his arms.
"I just want the person that did this to my son to come forward," said Regalado. "I mean, you did it. You messed up your own life. You made your bed, now lie in it."
An investigation is ongoing.
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