Two Teens Charged With Killing Student

Nahum Martinez found shot to death in Wylie neighborhood

By Sara Story
|  Monday, Apr 2, 2012  |  Updated 9:47 AM CDT
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Two Teens Charged With Killing Student

High School student Nahum Martinez, 15, was found shot to death on a street in Wylie.

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Two 14-year-old boys have been charged with killing a student who attended Wylie East High School.
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Two 14-year-old boys have been charged with killing a student who attended Wylie East High School. 

The body of Nahum Martinez was found in the 600 block of Linden Avenue in Wylie just before six Saturday morning.

"He didn't do anything to deserve being dead," Martinez's friend Baylie Etchieson said.

Martinez, 15, spent most of his mornings doing what he loves, running.

"I would see him running every morning with the track kids, and you could tell that he had a heart for track," friend Jason Etchieson said. "He loved it."

However, early Saturday morning, he was found dead on the street. Police said he was shot to death. The news sent a chill through the quiet North Texas neighborhood.

"It was shocking, you know. To come outside first thing in the morning and see a dead body in the street and not know what was going on," Wylie resident Matt Waycaster said.

Investigators searched the neighborhood and found the gun that was used to kill Martinez in a field nearby.

More evidence led to a home on Oxford Drive, where police said Martinez was last seen alive.  Two 14-year-old boys that were also at this home were arrested and charged with murder.

Police have not released the names of the 14-year-old suspects because of their age.

"It's crazy. We all go to the same school. It doesn't feel right," East Wylie High School student Quincy Riley said.

"This is our second homicide in 2012 and it's, it's terrible no matter how large a community is or small," said Venece Perepiczka, with the Wylie Police Department.

For now, friends and family are left piecing together what happened.

"It's sad to know that something like that can happen to pretty much anybody. You aren't safe out in the suburbs. It can happen anywhere," Waycaster said. 

Martinez's friends are organizing a candlelight vigil that will take place in Wylie on Monday night.

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