NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) — A 15-year-old boy is charged with murder in the shooting death of a 17-year-old in New Braunfels over the weekend.
New Braunfels Police responded to a call reporting a possible disturbance and shots fired in the 1500 block of Lahn Road on Saturday. Officers arrived on the scene and located the victim, 17-year-old Conrad Kuntz. Emergency Medical Services attempted lifesaving measures, but Kuntz died from his wound.
Jay Robledo lives next door to where Kuntz was shot, he says he heard the gunshot outside then looked outside. “I seen [sic] the victim laying down on the ground and I seen a boy standing right over him with a flashlight looking on his face,” he said.
Without thinking, Robledo says he ran outside. “I grabbed his hand and I told him, ‘just squeeze my hand if you can hear me,’ and he wasn’t doing anything and I just kept saying it and he didn’t do anything.”
Robledo says he wasn’t outside for long before the boy holding the flashlight walked away without saying a word, he says he never saw him again.
“I don’t think it should happen to anybody, but the fact that he is that young, it just blows my mind that something like this could happen especially in this neighborhood,” said Robledo.
Kuntz’s friends took to Twitter to remember him. “This is unreal. My heart aches so bad. I’m truly at a loss for words,” Morgan Burley wrote on Twitter.
Burley says she has been friends with Kuntz since eighth grade. “He was just like that type of person that everyone wanted to be around,” she said.
Burley says her friends have been having a hard time learning Kuntz was the victim. “I don’t know why, that’s the most confusing part to me. He hung out with the popular kids, he was athletic, really involved, he just wasn’t a bad kid at all,” she said. “I don’t know how anyone could ever think of doing something like this and I don’t think he would put himself in that position either.”
Police said this is the first homicide this year in New Braunfels.
“This is a very rare occurrence in New Braunfels, so it’s obviously something we take very seriously,” said David Ferguson, New Braunfels police spokesperson. “Our detective division is working tirelessly right now to try and solve this case.”
The suspect, who authorities will not identify due to him being a minor, was taken into custody Sunday without incident. Police said the suspect is from Marion and is being held in the Guadalupe County Juvenile Detention Center.
Crime Stoppers are offering a $2,000 reward and ask that anyone with information about the incident call Crime Stoppers at 830-620-TIPS (8477.)
Additional arrests may be pending.