Hate crime? Police charge 14-year-old with murder of young mom after drive-by shooting

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DENVER, CO – Two suspects, one 14 and the other 18-years-old, are both facing murder charges in the alleged drive-by shooting of a 32-year-old mother in Denver, Colorado that occurred on February 20th. 

According to Denver Police, the incident occurred at approximately 10:45 p.m. on February 20th, in the westbound lanes of Colfax at southbound I-25.

Police officials say that 32-year-old Pamela Cabriales was sitting inside of her 2008 Land Rover SUV within the aforementioned area, when witnesses observed a dark-colored Honda pull up near her vehicle.

A passenger was said to have exited the Honda and fired multiple shots into the passenger-side of Cabriales’ SUV, before the shooter and driver fled the scene.

When police arrived at the scene of the reported shooting, they’d found Cabriales had suffered a gunshot wound to her head – with police saying that eight bullet holes were scattered across the victim’s windshield. 

Cabriales was rushed to a nearby hospital following the shooting, where she succumbed to her wounds on February 24th.

It wouldn’t be until slightly after midnight on February 21st when a Denver Police Officer would catch up with the shooting suspects.

Reportedly, a DPD officer had spotted a dark-colored Honda that was involved in another shooting incident that occurred at a McDonald’s a day prior to the alleged drive-by. The vehicle was headed northbound on South Federal Boulevard near West Exposition Avenue.

The incident that reportedly occurred at the McDonald’s, involved an individual shooting into the occupied restaurant three times before taking off from the scene on February 19th. However, there were no reported causalities from the McDonald’s shooting incident. 

Police officials say that the officer activated their lights and sirens, and a pursuit ensued after the driver of the Honda refused to stop. 

The driver was said to have crashed into a pole on South Tejon Street near West Alameda Avenue, later knocking off a fire hydrant, crashing through a chain-link fence – and eventually came to a stop in the front yard of a residence. 

Three male subjects were said to have then ran out of the vehicle, which prompted DPD officials to establish a perimeter and summon both SWAT and K9 units to search the area. 

Neshan Johnson - Denver Police
Neshan Johnson – Denver Police

Two juveniles, and an 18-year-old identified as Neshan Johnson, were all eventually apprehended following a search of the area. 

A subsequent search of the suspect’s vehicle uncovered two AR-15 rifles, according to reports. Police wound up releasing one of the juveniles taken into custody, but have since charged a 14-year-old male and Johnson with charges related to the killing of Cabriales. 

Authorities allege that the 14-year-old male was the shooter who killed Cabriales, and that Johnson was the getaway driver from the incident. 

Both suspects are now facing charges of first-degree murder, one count of criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder with extreme indifference, and one count of criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault with extreme indifference.

Furthermore, the District Attorney’s Office is working to have the 14-year-old tried as an adult – a move supported by the family of Cabriales. 

The victim’s brother had the following to say about the motion filed by the DA’s office to have the juvenile tried as an adult: 

“They should be in prison, for the rest of their life, without the possibility of parole. Both of them. Age is just a number in this situation.”

Officials have not detailed any possible motive for the killing of Cabriales – nor have there been any reports alleging any type of connection between the victim and the alleged perpetrators involved. 

While the DA’s office is working to see the juvenile’s case tried in the adult court system, his name and booking photo are currently being withheld due to his age. 

A GoFundMe was established in an effort to afford Cabriales 6-year-old son, Leo, enough money for him to go to college later on in his life. 

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In another disheartening case involving a child being left without a mother, police in Miami are searching for the suspects involved in a double murder that occurred earlier in February. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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MIAMI, FL – A fatal shooting of two victims at a Miami apartment complex in early February has the local community pleading for answers, as the suspects involved in the shooting have yet to be identified.

One of the victims killed was reportedly a 21-year-old woman who died while shielding her 6-month-old daughter from the gunfire that was going off.

Miami-Dade Police identified the victims from the February 6th shooting as Zariya Williams and her friend Dawanna Graham.

Officials say that the incident occurred near the Lincoln Field Apartments located on Northwest 20th Avenue and 64th Street, where a vehicle reportedly pulled up and someone inside of the car began opening fire.

Williams was said to have been in the area to pick up her father when the shooting occurred, with her still being inside of her vehicle when two rounds struck the car, according to Williams’ sister:

“Come on. Somebody’s seen something, somebody knows something …Two of those rounds hit the car, you guys, hit my sister in the head while she was shielding her baby.”

Graham was reportedly found dead nearby the apartment complex as well.

Cynthia, the aunt of Williams, described the loss of her niece as being a “tragedy”:

“This is a tragedy. This has really hit home.”

Cynthia noted that what’s all the more sad in this situation is that a 6-month-old little girl will never get to know her own mother:

“A 6-month-old baby will never know her mom, only what we teach her about her mom.”

During a recent news conference related to the tragic case, Valerie Golden Allen demanded that justice be sought for the victims in these senseless murders:

“We want justice, justification for Zariya. She did not deserve this. Those others did not deserve this.”

No arrests have been made in the case, nor have any suspects been publicly identified by authorities.

Williams’ sister pointed out to those staying silent that know something could very well be the next family mourning the loss of a loved one:

“Remember: us today, you tomorrow… That could have been you and your family in the car driving.”

The family of Williams are said to be planning a candlelight memorial for the deceased mother in the coming days.

Officials have yet to furnish a possible motive for these two killings, nor have they confirmed whether the two killed were likely specified targets in the shooting or unintended victims.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact either the City of Miami Police directly or the Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Tipsters can choose to remain anonymous when reporting information and submitted tips that leads to an arrest and conviction could be eligible for up to a $3,000 reward.

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