In a tragic incident in Albuquerque, a 23-year-old woman, Sydney Wilson, lost her life to a 13-year-old boy when she confronted him about her stolen car. The confrontation took place at a Smith’s grocery store and gas station in Southwest Albuquerque on Monday. Wilson had traced her stolen vehicle to this location using a GPS tracking app, her family revealed.
The young boy allegedly responded to Wilson’s confrontation with gunfire, leading to her death. The police declared her dead at the scene. Two days later, the boy turned himself into the authorities and is now in custody at the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Center. He is facing charges of murder, evidence tampering, and illegal firearm possession.
Before the fatal encounter, the boy and several other underage individuals were reportedly involved in stealing alcohol from a Walgreens and driving recklessly in Wilson’s stolen car. Wilson had approached her stolen Hyundai while in her mother’s car. In a bid to escape, the young suspect hit a black Mustang and a curb, triggering the stolen car’s airbags.
Eyewitnesses claim that several people, including the young suspect, exited the car after the crash. As Wilson moved towards her stolen car, the boy allegedly pulled out a gun from his waistband and fired two to three shots. One of these shots hit Wilson in the chest, leading to her death.
The day before her untimely death, Wilson had expressed her frustration about her stolen car on Facebook. Her older sister, Crystal Miller, arrived at the scene shortly after the resuscitation attempts on her sister had ended. She expressed deep regret for not being able to prevent the incident, despite being only seven minutes away when the shooting took place.
Miller and her family are demanding the harshest possible sentence for the young suspect. They also question the upbringing of a child capable of such violence and believe that the teenager’s parents should also face criminal charges.
Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina recognized the problem of juvenile crime in New Mexico and called for collective efforts to improve children’s home environments.