FOREST PARK, Ga. - The mother of one of the men charged with murdering a Clayton County teenager said she does not know if her son was involved.
Thirteen-year-old Steven Galindo was killed Monday night when police say two men shot him after the men tried to steal a truck he was fixing in the parking lot of his Clayton County apartment complex.
Clayton County police said surveillance footage from a nearby gas station showing the SUV described by witnesses led them to Gilberto Gomez. When they got to his home, officers found the shotgun and bat used in the attack, police said.
Police said Gomez, 18, confessed to the crime and told police he was with Sergio Alvear, 18.
Both men are charged with murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of armed robbery and second-degree criminal damage.
Gomez was also charged with possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime and theft by receiving stolen property. Police said the gun used in the shooting was stolen in Cobb County.
In court on Thursday, a judge issued no bond for either man. Their family and friends in the courtroom were not happy.
Gomez’s girlfriend told Channel 2’s Tom Jones that the arrest shocked her.
“He’s a family person. All of this is surprising, that’s what it is,” she said.
Police said Gomez and Alvear robbed Galinso's sister of $5 at the Bradford Ridge apartments and tried to steal her 1994 Chevrolet truck. Police believe the men were drawn to the truck’s Lamborghini-style doors.
When the truck would not start, police said, the men decided if they could not have it, no one could. They beat the truck with a bat and shot at it, and one of the bullets struck Galindo, police said.
Gomez shook his head when the judge described the allegations of his role in the slaying.
Gomez’s mother told Jones through a window that she does not know if her son was involved.
“All I know is that he’s my son and I don’t know if he did something or if he didn’t,” she said.
Galindo’s sister, Samaria Diaz, told Jones that she is overjoyed by the news of an arrest.
“More than anything, we’re happy about that, that we know who did it,” Diaz said.
Galindo's family announced a viewing will be held Thursday for the rising eighth-grader, at the Atlanta Mortuary Service Inc., at 3234 Dogwood Drive in Hapeville. A funeral is planned for Friday at the Mission San Felipe de Jesus Church, at 925 Conley Road in Forest Park.
Officers may make more arrests. They said the incident may be gang-related.