Two boys, ages 13 and 14, broke into a Fort Worth apartment on Friday and shot and killed the woman inside, authorities say.
The boys’ names were not released because they are juveniles.
The shooting happened just after 12 p.m. Friday at the Manitoba Apartments on the 8200 block of Calmont Avenue.
Police said the teens burst into Yesenia Gutierrez’s apartment to burglarize it and shot her when they encountered her inside, police Lt. Paula Fimbres said.
Investigators say one of the suspects said they decided to break in after noticing a video game console through a window. Once inside police say that one of the suspects admitted to investigators that he shot Gutierrez in the back of the head.
Gutierrez, 31, was shot in the neck and head, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office.
"What is hard to digest is the age of these kids, 13 and 14 year old kids, they need to be in school, not out there committing these crimes killing innocent people,” Fort Worth Police Officer Jimmy Pollozani said.
The boys were arrested following a traffic stop in which police linked them to the shooting. Investigators discovered a 9mm pistol during the stop that was later forensically linked to the shell casings discovered in Gutierrez's apartment.
Neighbors at the Manitoba Apartments say Gutierrez was a kind person who was always willing to help.
“It scared me because I have a two year old daughter and it scares me just to think that could be me,” said one resident.
In Texas, children ages 10 to 16 are considered juveniles.
This year more than 130,000 children entered the juvenile justice system, according to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.