A 15-year-old boy has been charged with 9 counts of murder after crashing a van packed with Mexican citizens.
Nine of them died in the crash.
Before the crash, border patrol agents pulled the van over about 10 miles west of McAllen, Texas. One person jumped from the vehicle and ran, which prompted the agents to pursue him.
The van then sped off, crashing just a few blocks away, "scattering a parking lot with bodies, backpacks and water bottles."
The driver escaped, but he was arrested two days later at his home.
Palmview police chief said that the boy eventually admitted to smuggling immigrants and crashing the van, adding:
"He wanted to come clean so he came out and gave us a statement. He explained to us exactly what had happened, what he had done."
The boy, whose name is being withheld because he's a minor, will also be charged with 17 counts of smuggling of a person causing seriously bodily injury or death, and one count of evading.
Meanwhile, the D.A. is hoping to try him as an adult to "teach a lesson" due to an increasing trend in using minors in smuggling immigrants.
Wow, we don't even know what to think of that.
So many lives ruined. Awful…
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