- Associated Press - Sunday, August 16, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Investigators don’t believe that a 17-year-old boy killed in a drive-by shooting in which the son of a New Mexico lawmaker has been arrested was the intended target of the attack.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1hgjlKy) that police instead believe the shooting that killed Jaydon Chavez-Silver on June 26 was motivated by retaliation. About 10 to 15 other people were inside the house for a party when someone outside fired into the home. Jaydon was the only one injured.

Donovan Maez, the 18-year-old son of Democratic Rep. Stephanie Maez of Albuquerque, was arrested Friday.

A criminal complaint filed against him doesn’t detail physical evidence connecting him to the shooting.

But authorities believe that Maez was reportedly beaten up when a fight broke out at the same house about a month before Chavez-Silver was killed and that a young man who lived at the house owed one of Maez’s friends $500 for drugs.



“Donovan is my son and I love him very, very much,” the lawmaker said in a statement to the newspaper. “My heart is aching today and I am waiting to see how this difficult situation develops.”

Donovan Maez told police that he was at a different party the night Chavez-Silver was shot. Maez also said he wasn’t allowed at the house where the shooting occurred and that one of his friends had been beaten up there a month ago and that’s why someone shot at the house.

He was charged with an open count of murder, child abuse resulting in great bodily harm or death, three counts of child abuse, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, 10 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at or from a motor vehicle and conspiracy to commit a first- or second-degree felony.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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