A 12-year-old boy has been charged with murder after a boxer was fatally shot in his home on Wednesday night.
The girlfriend of John Duane VanMeter, 24, called the Uvalde Police Department at around 8:00 pm on Wednesday evening, according to ABC News. The attacker had broken into VanMeter's home on 624 Boone Street in Uvalde, a city located 85 miles west of San Antonio.
At the property, officers discovered the victim's lifeless body in the living room. He had a sustained a gunshot wound to the head. VanMeter was pronounced dead at Uvalde Memorial Hospital at 8:43 p.m., The Uvalde Leader-News reported, citing police.
Prior to the killing, VanMeter and his girlfriend Sammy Chapa heard someone kicking the front door, Uvalde Police Department chief Daniel Rodriguez told The Uvalde Leader News , Sammy, who uses the name Sammy A Chapa on Facebook, identified as Sammy Arellano.
"Stayed in the back bedroom and he went to check it out," Rodriguez said.
Chapa told NBC affiliate NEWS4SA: "What it sounded like what when John's in the kitchen and he's throwing pots and pans around making noise but it sounded so much louder."
Witnesses saw a male dressed in black clothing with a black bandana shielding the Grove Street, The Uvalde Leader-News reported.
The child, who is a student at Flores Elementary School, which is held at a Jourdanton Juvenile Detention Center.
Chapa told the San Antonio Express News The suspect was a friend of her son, and a "troubled boy." He was under the watch of the day Child Protective Services, and had stayed at the couple's home for around a week about a month ago. The family had been warned against hosting the boy, Chapa said.
"He kept getting my son in trouble so I told him he was not allowed in our home anymore," she said.
As the home is often empty, Chapa said she believes the boy may have seen the property as an easy target.
Originally from Anaheim, California, VanMeter ' David Hernandez told the San Antonio Express News. VanMeter joined the club aged 1
The victim, with whom he would train at a time, had a "heart of gold" Hernandez said. The trainer's own children saw VanMeter as a brother.
Making his debut as The California Kid in 2016, VanMeter carved out a career as a professional boxer and one win in a title fight in Texas. He had a record of 2 – 4.
The fighter's father, John VanMeter, told NEWS4SA his son "all the medals"
"Parents got mad because nobody else but nothing but him
Hernandez told The San Antonio Express News "It's a very sad time for our community and our boxing club."
"We always carry John's memory in our hearts and thank him for opening doors for the younger boxers of Uvalde and surrounding areas. "