Had he not been killed Wednesday night by the single bullet that pierced his arm and then his upper body, Hector Anthony Chavarria Jr., 16, was going to celebrate a birthday and become a new father, both in the month of May.
On Thursday, his family grappled with the loss and tried to come to terms with the fact his older sister Janet Chavarria, 28, was arrested for what police said was her role in the shooting. The woman, who has three children, was charged with murder and jailed in lieu of posting a $100,000 bond.
Police Thursday still were searching for the gunman who fired at the teen while he walked to a friend's house in the 5300 block of Beryl Cove about 11:30 p.m.
Witnesses said the shooter got out of a vehicle and shot the teen after Janet Chavarria shouted, "Blast him," apparently because he had asked his sister to stop threatening his girlfriend, according to a police report.
Before the shooting, police were called Wednesday afternoon to the family's home in the 5300 block of Sachem Drive to break up the fight between the sister and her brother's girlfriend, a minor.
According to the incident report, Anthony Chavarria, as the youth preferred to be called, and his girlfriend left the residence "to let things cool down."
Later, as the couple walked to their friend's house, his sister and a man drove up, got out of the vehicle and Janet Chavarria challenged her brother's girlfriend to a fight, witnesses said.
Anthony Chavarria asked his sister to turn around and leave before she told her friend to shoot him, witnesses said in the report.
The bullet struck Anthony Chavarria in the left arm and entered his torso. He was taken to Wilford Hall Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.