.A Houston teenager was arrested on Monday, Jan 17, after he reportedly killed his girlfriend by shooting her multiple times after she found out that he was cheating on her with another girl.

Frank DeLeon Jr., a 17-year-old Houston resident, allegedly shot 16-year-old honors student Diamond Alvarez 22 times, mostly in the back, while she was walking her dog, Peanut, around the area where she lived, according to ABC13.

DeLeon then left the scene, leaving the dog Peanut to run home to Alvarez’s parents. Finding the way that Peanut came home suspicious, they looked around the area to find Diamond Alvarez until they discovered her lifeless body in the park, KHOU 11 reported.

“My son found her,” Anna Machado, Diamond Alvarez’s mother, said. “I tried so hard to keep her alive. I couldn't, I couldn't.”

Alvarez was attending Madison High School in Houston, garnering straight As and doing extracurriculars like volleyball and basketball on the way to her dream of becoming a cosmetologist.

Many in the community mourned her passing and made a makeshift memorial for Alvarez near where she died, to the point where officers had to clear away some of the memorabilia that was left behind in order to continue their investigation. The local police also sent their condolences to the family.

“HPD expresses its heartfelt condolences to Ms. Alvarez’s family and looks forward to following this case through the courts as we seek justice on her behalf,” the Houston Police Department said in a statement. “We ask that the public continues to pray for the family and respects their privacy.”

DeLeon’s bail has been set at $250,000. Police officers are believed to be looking for two unidentified individuals, who are reported to have been at the scene of the crime minutes after Alvarez was shot before driving away in a dark-colored vehicle.

Frank DeLeon Jr. was arrested in Houston on Monday after he reportedly shot his girlfriend Diamond Alvarez to death before leaving her body in a public park. This is a representational image. Tsvetoslav Hristov/Unsplash.

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