Two Arrested in Fatal Shooting of 13-year-old Modesto Girl

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Modesto police arrested two men Thursday following a months-long investigation into the shooting death of a 13-year-old Brisa Covarrubias in May, officials said.

Now, the teen's family is trying to cope with the news while still processing her death.

"These people can no longer hurt any other baby girl or any other family they ruined my life," said Brisa's mom, Blanca.

"She was just the closest sister to me and I miss her a lot," said Brisa's 9-year-old sister, Stephanie.

Officers responded to calls of shots fired on May 30 in the 1600 block of Pelton Avenue in south Modesto. When they arrived, officers found Covarrubias suffering from gun shot wounds.

(Photos courtesy: Modesto Police Department)

(Photos courtesy: Modesto Police Department)

Covarrubias was transported to a nearby hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Brisa's 15-year-old brother was also struck during the shooting, and was listed in stable condition.

According to Modesto PD, Emilio Silva, 19, and Juan Carlos Cruz, 24, drove up in a vehicle to the two teens who were standing out front of a home. After a short conversation between the passenger and the teen boy, the passenger pulled out a gun and shot multiple times.

Authorities have not said which suspect fired the weapon. However, both Silva and Cruz are facing murder charges.

The Modesto Police Department served search warrants and found the two suspect at a home in Empire. Officers say they also recovered loaded guns and ammo during their search.

"These monsters that did this to my daughter took an innocent life," said Blanca.

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