A 12-year-old boy from Texas was indicted on Thursday for the murder of a professional boxer killed in his home.
The police in Uvalde, Texas, about 85 miles west of San Antonio, had charged the boy with capital murder for the death of 24-year-old John VanMeter, who was shot dead at his home on Wednesday night, authorities said.
VanMeter's friend called the police around 8:00 pm. On Wednesday, the Uvalde police said someone had broken into her house and shot him dead.
When police arrived, police officers found VanMeter lying in the living room with a gunshot wound to his head. He was treated on the spot and taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The police did not say how they linked the suspect to the shootings, but witnesses said they saw a man with a black bandana running over his face after the shootout.
The suspect was arrested and taken to the Jourdanton Detention Center in Atascosa County, Texas. The police revealed no possible motive when shooting.
Ortiz Boxing Gym, a local boxing arena, delivered condolences to VanMeter's family and a video he spared with a young athlete.
"[Our] the deepest condolence is to the family VanMeter," said the Facebook post. "Not only have we lost a great boxer, but also a great friend who is always ready to help the up and coming fighters Rest Easy Champ."
VanMeter, originally from California, has been in boxing since he was 10 and started his career in 2015 according to the Uvalde Leader News.