Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Girl, 13, fatally shot on Miami-area school bus

MIAMI — A student shot and killed a 13-year-old girl in front of her younger sister and seven other children on a school bus Tuesday morning in Homestead, police said.

The girl, Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus, was flown to Miami Children's Hospital where she died, according to Miami-Dade police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta. She was a student at Palm Glades Preparatory Academy charter school.

Late Tuesday, Miami-Dade police charged Jordyn Alexander Howe, 15, of Homestead, with one count of manslaughter and one count of carrying a concealed firearm. Jordyn and Lourdes were both on board the bus, on their way to school, when Jordyn pulled the gun out of his backpack and displayed it, according to an arrest affidavit.

The gun went off once, the affidavit said, striking Lourdes.

Jordyn was taken to Miami-Dade police headquarters where he provided a sworn statement to police, the affidavit said. Tuesday night, he was taken to Miami-Dade Juvenile Assessment Center.

The shooting happened at about 6:45 a.m.

One of the students on the bus, age 11, immediately used her cellphone to call her mother.

No one else was injured.

Detectives spent the day gathering evidence and trying to interview the students.

"Obviously, they are very traumatized. It will take some time," Zabaleta said of the children who witnessed the shooting.

Lourdes' younger sister, who was also on the bus, attends Summerville charter school, a sister school. The bus also serves Somerset, which Jordyn attends.

About noon, worried parents started to visit Palm Glades to check on their children.

"I'm scared," said Ruth Otero, whose son Christian is in eighth grade there. She said he walks to school but she was still worried at the news of the shooting.

Gilberto Canino came early to pick up his two children.

"I still haven't been able to cope with it," he said. "I don't understand how this could happen."

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