A teen was executed and found dead in a Pennsylvania park, and now authorities said they have charged the suspected killer.
On April 20, the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office in Pennsylvania announced the arrest of Mark Laird, 18, in connection to the killing of Reuben Rosado, 15.
On March 16, the victim’s remains were found in Henry Johnson Park, according to prosecutors.
Police found the teen in the woods and located shell casings at the scene, according to prosecutors.
“The cold blooded execution of a juvenile is simply incomprehensible. But, tragically, that is what happened on the night of March 15. The defendant lured his victim to the park with the promise of a gun and, instead, shot him in the back of his head. Unable to keep his actions secret, the defendant then admitted to others what he had done. The defendant’s actions were senseless, as well as heart breaking,” District Attorney Jack Stollsteime said in announcing the arrest.
A witness told police that Laird said he was carrying a burden and knew what happened to the victim, according to prosecutors. Laird told Rosado where a gun was stashed in the park but instead shot him in the head, according to the district attorney’s office.
Cell phone records showed the suspect and victim communicated with each other 34 times in the weeks before the murder, according to prosecutors.
Laird was charged with criminal homicide, first- and third-degree murder and gun-related charges. He is being held in jail without bond.