A 14-year-old girl has been charged with murder in the shooting of an 11-year-old boy in Dallas


A 14-year-old girl was charged with murder Monday after the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old boy who was struck by a stray bullet, according to Dallas police.

Police were called to a report of a shooting at an apartment complex in south Dallas on Sunday afternoon around 2:00 p.m. As part of the investigation, police learned that there had been a fight between two girls in the parking lot of the complex.

“A juvenile suspect pulled out a handgun and fired in the direction of the female he was fighting with; however, the shot hit a minor bystander,” the police said in a statement.

The 11-year-old boy was transported to a hospital, where he died of his injuries, police said.

The suspect initially fled the scene, but was later apprehended and charged, and she remains in the Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center, the police said. During the investigation, a weapon was found, the agency adds.

The police did not release the names of those involved in the incident due to their ages.

Vashunte Settles identified the boy as her son, De’Evan McFaul, and said he died in front of her, according to CNN Partner KTVT.

“I got to see it and be there … I’ll never get over it,” she told the partner.

Settles said her daughter was fighting with a 14-year-old girl, who then pulled out a gun and fired the fatal bullet, missing her but hitting De’Evan.

“He was so innocent. He definitely didn’t deserve it,” Settles said. “I just wish the younger generation would stop and think before they do irrational things because in this situation I’m not the only one suffering.”

Settles said she will miss De’Evan’s big smile and his love of sports.

“Take that story and do something productive with it. May my son not die in vain and may this save someone else’s child,” she said.

De’Evan was a fifth-grader in the DeSoto Independent School District, according to a statement from the district. He was “described as kind and charismatic by his teachers and will be greatly missed by both his teachers and peers,” the statement said.

“Losing a student is one of the hardest experiences one can have as an educator, it’s like losing a child because these are our children,” DeSoto ISD Superintendent of Schools Osama Rogers said. “My heart and my condolences go out to the McFaul family. DeSoto ISD will continue to wrap its arms around De’Evan McFall’s family, as well as his school family and our entire district.”

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