WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Feb. 7, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A weapon thought to have been used in the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy Tuesday was recovered Thursday morning in a canal in West Valley City.
A 14-year-old male has been booked on a charge of criminal homicide in the fatal shooting of Marquez Grajeda, according to a tweet from West Valley City Police Department late Tuesday night. “This charge allows for the possibility of the homicide resulting from either negligence or an intentional act,” the tweet said. “Ultimately, the charges in the case will be determined by the DA.”
The incident occurred inside a residence at 1347 W. 2320 South, where a friend of the victim lives. It is not the home of the suspect, police said.
Multiple people were in the room at the time of the shooting, and officials obtained a search warrant for evidence and interviewed the witnesses.
West Valley City Police tweeted Thursday: “During the investigation into the shooting death of Marquez Grajeda, it was reported that the weapon used in the incident was in a canal at approx. 2700 South 1400 West. The Utah Highway Patrol dive team recovered a gun this morning from that area of the canal.”
The recovered weapon will be tested to determine if it was the gun used to shoot Grajeda, the tweet said.
“We have no evidence to indicate that the recovered gun belongs to anyone in the home where the shooting occurred,” the tweet goes on.
To this date, three guns have been recovered in this case; one from the home, whose owner is unknown, one from the home, whose owner lives in the home, and one in the canal, whose owner is unknown.
Gephardt Daily will update this story as more details are released.