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Two arrested in killing of 13-year-old Forest Park boy

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Clayton County Jail: Gilberto Gomez Clayton County Jail: Gilberto Gomez
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Mourners gather at a growing memorial outside the victim's home Mourners gather at a growing memorial outside the victim's home

Clayton County police have arrested and charged two 18-year-old men with the death of a 13-year-old Forest Park boy.

The suspects are accused of killing Steven Galindo Diaz during an attempted carjacking outside his Forest Park home.

Clayton County police identified the shooter as Gilberto Gomez, 18, of Forest Park. His alleged accomplice, Sergio Alvear, 18, of Atlanta, was armed with a baseball bat during the crime, according to investigators.

According to Maj. Johnny Robinson of the Clayton County Police Department, Gomez confessed to the crime. He told detectives they were after the truck belonging to the victim's family.

"It was the type vehicle that had Lamborghini doors, some call them butterfly doors, a special type of doors that come on the Lamborghini vehicles," said Robinson.

Steven was helping his older sister put air in the tires of her pickup truck at about 11 p.m. Monday when two men approached them.

Alvear snatched a necklace off Steven's sister, Samaria Diaz, 22, police said. The men, wearing bandanas over their faces, demanded the truck keys and appeared to get angry when the truck wouldn't start. That's when Gomez fired his shotgun into the windshield, police said.

"When we heard the first shot, we tried to run," said Samaria Diaz. More gunshots followed. They didn't get far before Steven collapsed.

"He fell on the ground," she said. "I grabbed his hand so we could run together, and he said, 'Samaria, come back. I got shot.' He said, 'Ouch, it hurts. It hurts me.'"

Her brother lost consciousness. She tried to revive him using CPR, but he did not survive.

Jose Diaz, Steven's brother, came face-to-face with the alleged gunman just seconds after the shooting.

At first, he thought the loud bangs were coming from the engine of his sister's truck, but when he went outside to check, he quickly realized it was no engine.

"I saw blood, and then I saw a car taking off, so I started to chase it down," said Jose Diaz.

Moments later, he was feet away from his brother's accused killer.

"Once I got to the door, that's when they pointed shotgun at me. I guess that's when I got stunned so I stopped for a second," said Jose Diaz.

It was in those few seconds of hesitation that the suspects got away. Jose Diaz said he did not recognize the suspects, but he does have a message for them.

"I can't say nothing for you. I guess you have no heart," said Jose Diaz.

The men got away in a red SUV, police said. They haven't yet recovered that vehicle.

Police expect more arrests to follow. Detectives are looking into whether the men they arrested are involved in a gang. Anyone with information in the case may call the Clayton County Police Department's tip line at 770-473-5400.

Meanwhile, friends and strangers alike have been bringing donations to the victim's family. His mother told CBS Atlanta News that she has already received thousands of dollars in donations that will cover the cost of burying her son, but that she still doesn't have enough to get him a proper tombstone.

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