- Associated Press - Saturday, November 26, 2016

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A man has been arrested in West Virginia on charges of killing a 14-year-old Kentucky boy on Thanksgiving, authorities said Saturday.

Lexington, Kentucky, police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said in a news release that 23-year-old Kevin J. Garcia was arrested Friday by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in West Virginia. Police say Garcia has been charged with murder.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail in West Virginia reports that Garcia was spotted by a sheriff’s deputy on Interstate 64. Two deputies pulled him over and arrested him.

The victim, Angel Juarez, was shot multiple times Thursday evening when he answered his front door. The police spokeswoman said the shooting stemmed from an earlier dispute between Garcia and the victim’s older brother. Investigators say Garcia went to the house Thursday to confront the older brother when Angel Juarez opened the door and was shot.

Police were called to the house at 10:50 p.m. on Thanksgiving; officers found the 14-year-old with multiple gunshots to his upper torso, Lt. David Biroschiktold the Lexington Herald Leader.

Juarez died at 11:29 p.m. Thursday at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, according to the Fayette County coroner’s office.

A family friend was stunned by the killing.

“You can’t even open your door, it’s crazy,” family friend Sharon Byrd told the Lexington newspaper. “That innocent kid opens the door and ends up dying.” Byrd added, “He was an outgoing kid, everybody knew him … He was always playing basketball in the neighborhood, always smiling.”

The police statement said Garcia is being held in the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, West Virginia, and will be extradited back to Lexington.

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