Update: LHHS freshmen killed when teens were playing with gun


Lake Highlands High School. (Photo by Emily Charrier)
Lake Highlands High School. (Photo by Emily Charrier)

Lake Highlands High School notified the school community that the teen killed on Tuesday was Lake Highlands High School freshmen Azeneth Pina. She was 14.

According to reports, she was with driving around with a car full of teens, all aged 14-17, who were playing with a handgun. A 16-year-old boy accidentally fired a close-range shot into Pina. The teens panicked and threw the weapon into the creek, which was later recovered by police. After that, they drove Pina to Baylor Garland.

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The shooter, who was not named because of his age, was not a Richardson ISD student and was arrested on manslaughter charges.

In a message to the school community, principal Dr. Josh Delich said:

“I’m saddened to let you know that one of our freshman students, Azeneth Pina, died yesterday. Ms. Pina was in her first year at Lake Highlands High School, but was well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and will be greatly missed.

An RISD crisis counseling team was at school today to talk with students and be available to support those who knew Azeneth.

If you’d like your child to speak with a crisis counselor about this news, please contact our counseling staff and we will make arrangements.

Thank you for keeping the Pina family in your thoughts during this difficult time.”

Below is the original post from Oct. 4:

Police have released limited information about a shooting yesterday afternoon that left one child dead and another facing manslaughter charges.

“On October 3, 2017 at about 2:50 p.m., the juvenile suspect recklessly shot and killed the juvenile victim while playing with a gun in the 9800 block of Whitehurst Drive,” wrote DPD officer Carlos Almeida in an email.

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Police haven’t released the ages or any other information about the parties involved. The suspect was taken to Lone Star Juvenile Detention Center where he/she was charged with manslaughter. This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

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