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New Mexico 13-Year-Old Boy Accused of Fatally Shooting Woman Trying to Get Back Her Stolen Vehicle

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Aug. 12 2023, Published 2:03 p.m. ET

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A New Mexico woman was trying to get her stolen vehicle back when she was allegedly shot and killed by a 13-year-old boy who was riding in it, according to authorities.

Around 9 p.m. on July 31, officers responded to a shooting at a gas station in Albuquerque and found 23-year-old Sydney Wilson dead from an apparent gunshot wound, according to the Albuquerque Police Department.

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Police spoke with witnesses, who claimed someone stole Wilson’s white Hyundai and she was trying to get it back after locating it using a GPS phone application.

As Wilson was tracking the stolen Hyundai, several teenagers allegedly drove the vehicle around on the evening of July 31 and stopped at a Walgreens to steal alcohol, police said.

Wilson was reportedly able to locate her vehicle, and while she was on the phone with a friend, she said she was “going to confront the occupants inside the stolen vehicle,” authorities said.

As Wilson was approaching the Hyundai, the teens reportedly hit a black Mustang and then crashed into a curb, according to police.

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Marcos Barela, 13, who was sitting in the left rear passenger seat of the stolen vehicle, exited the vehicle and started walking away from the accident, officials said.

When Wilson approached the vehicle to try to speak with the teenagers, Barella allegedly pulled out a gun from his waistband and fired two to three shots, hitting Wilson at least once and killing her, according to authorities.

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Barela turned himself in on Aug. 2, and he was booked into the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Center, where he will remain in custody while his case goes through the judicial process, officials said.

He was charged with murder, tampering with evidence and unlawful possession of a handgun by a person.

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