MIAMI (WSVN) - City of Miami Police have made an arrest in the accidental shooting death of 15-year-old Arya Gray.
Police have arrested 17-year-old Thalys Gabriel Olivera and charged him with manslaughter on Wednesday.
Investigators said they received a call about a shooting inside an apartment in the area of Northeast 10th Avenue and 78th Street, at around 4:30 a.m., Tuesday.
Gray’s family said she passed away after she was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.
“This is a murder,” Sergio Rastelli, Gray’s relative, said. “You point a gun at somebody and the trigger pulls, that is a murder. I want the parents to also suffer the consequences, and I want the parents to actually be charged for the murder because this is not an accident. This is a murder.”
The family said the 15-year-old was in the apartment with her sister visiting friends before the shooting.
According to the arrest report, Olivera “recklessly brandished” a gun inside of the apartment, and witnesses told the 17-year-old to put it away.
Olivera obliged, but he then took it back out, and then, at some point, witnesses said he pointed the firearm at Gray and pulled the trigger. The bullet would hit Gray in the head.
“Don’t point it at an innocent child that didn’t even have part of her life,” Rastelli said. “How did a 17-year-old get a hold of the gun? The parents and the child must be arrested. I want the full extended charges to the parent and to the child.”
Investigators have learned that the gun used in the shooting was reported stolen on April 24 out of Homestead.
Olivera has since made his first appearance in juvenile court on Wednesday, and he is due back in court on June 2.
Olivera’s family declined to comment on the incident.
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