Boy, 13, dies in family’s arms after being shot by masked gunman in front garden

A 13-year-old boy was shot dead in his front garden by a masked gunman in a horrifying and seemingly random killing.

Brayan Zavala, from the city of Riverdale in Georgia, the US, was working on a lawnmower with his 16-year-old brother Jesus outside their home last Thursday, October 13.

A gunman wearing a ski mask, sweater and black pants drove by the house before turning round and getting out of the car.

He then approached Brayan and opened fire with a shotgun, Jesus said.

He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution : “The shooter didn’t even say I want your money, or this is a robbery or I’m assaulting you.

“He just came, stood there [in] silence and shot my brother.”



Boy, 13, dies in family's arms after being shot by masked gunman in front garden
Brother Jesus has since set up a GoFundMe page to support the family

Jesus added: “The bullets passed through him and blood just squirted out of him.

“We tried to stop all the blood but by the time the police got here, it didn’t seem like he had life or a chance to live.”

Police officers got to the scene at 9.15pm, but Brayan was already dead.

He passed away in the arms of his dad and brother in the garden, Univision reports.



Boy, 13, dies in family's arms after being shot by masked gunman in front garden
The family’s car was riddled with bullet holes

The suspect left in a Chevy HHR SUV, according to Jesus.

Another neighbour told told WSB-TV that two other men were in the car.

Disturbing pictures show the family’s car riddled with bullet holes in the aftermath of the shooting.

Jesus has since set up a GoFundMe page to support them, which has raised nearly $25,000 (£19,230).

He wrote: “My name is Jesus Zavala. On the night of October 15, 2020, my little brother, Brayan was shot and killed outside of our family home.



Boy, 13, dies in family's arms after being shot by masked gunman in front garden
Investigators have not established any links between Brayan and the gunman

“Brayan was 13 years old, turning 14 next month. He has been taken from us for no reason.

“At this time, Clayton County Police are working to help my family track down the shooter. We have no answers.”

The family were preparing to celebrate Brayan’s 14th birthday this week.

Investigators have not established any links between him and the gunman, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call +1 (770) 477-4479.

To donate to the family’s GoFundMe page, click here.

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