Family mourns death of 16-year-old shot in San Juan
16-year-old Ray Anthony Santa Maria is remembered fondly among his family and friends.
"He pushed me to get through surgery when I had no hope in myself,” said Adrian Garza, a friend of Santa Maria.
He is remembered by his sister as super funny.
“He would annoy you on purpose, either my mom, my dad, my sister [would] be in the room and we would be like, “Let’s go bug somebody,” said Santa Maria’s sister.
On Thursday, Jan. 10, Santa Maria was at a friend’s house when he was fatally shot.
“I can’t say if it was an accident or it was on purpose or what,” expressed Santa Maria’s sister. “All I know is I heard the gun go off and I ran in and I saw my brother fall and that’s the only person I was worried about.”
Two people were arrested but only one has been charged in connection to the shooting.
17-year-old Ulysses Perales is charged with manslaughter and possession of marijuana and a controlled substance.
Family and friends remain in disbelief.
"Because he said that was his friend and he's gone over multiple times so I would have never thought this was going to happen,” said Santa Maria’s sister.
It's unclear what led to the shooting, but loved ones advise others to safely use firearms with hopes of preventing another tragedy like this from happening.
"There shouldn't be no point in messing around with any firearms even it has no bullets or any bullets,” said Garza. “There's no need to point a gun at anybody.”
A funeral will be held for Santa Maria on Monday.