Two U.S. High School Students Killed at Mexican Car Dealership
Three teens killed at car dealership in Ciudad Juarez
Juan Carlos Echeverri, 15 and Carlos Mario Gonzalez, 16 (Year Book Photos)
The teenagers had crossed the border from Texas for a party, then stayed to buy a car, a friend said Tuesday.
The shooting happened at 4:22 p.m. Saturday at a car dealership, where the teens were looking at cars, according to Sandoval.
Police recovered at least 18 bullet casings at the scene from an AK-47, an automatic weapon commonly used by drug traffickers in the city.
Carlos Mario Gonzalez Bermudez, 16, was a sophomore at Cathedral High School in El Paso, said principal Nick Gonzalez.
Another victim, Juan Carlos Echeverri, 15, had been a freshman at the private all-boys Catholic school last year but left to study in Ciudad Juarez, Gonzalez said.
Both were U.S. citizens, he said.
The third victim, 16-year old Cesar Yalin Miramontes Jimenez, was born in Ciudad Juarez.
Virginia Staab, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, said Monday that U.S. authorities are actively looking into the incident.
The fatal shootings come on the heels of numerous similar violent incidents in recent months in Juarez.
In one 48-hour span last week, for instance, at least 14 people were killed -- including a municipal police officer and a newspaper vendor who police believe was targeted due to her job, according to Juarez Police spokesman Adrian Sanchez.