A cancer-stricken Texas teenager was shot dead over the weekend during a botched robbery in front of his home.
Ryan Lara, who was also a member of the Byrd Middle School’s football team, was moving his parents’ car from the street to their driveway in Duncanville on Saturday when the gunman approached him and opened fire.
According to the Daily Mail, three shots were fired. One of those shots hit Lara in the back. Family members rushed to his side and Lara’s brother, Brandon, reportedly shot at the car with his own gun. It is unclear if any bullets from Brandon’s gun struck the vehicle.
He said: ‘I ran out, stepped over him and proceeded to pull out my pistol with my left hand and started firing at the vehicle with no headlights or no lights on.’
Police aren’t sure if more than one person is responsible for Lara’s death but have offered up to $5,000 for the indictment of those involved.
The seventh grader was diagnosed with cancer two months before when he noticed a lump in his chest. Shortly before his death he had surgery to remove it, and had just started chemotherapy.
Brandon said his brother, who was a wide receiver for his school’s football team, was ‘very loveable’.
Lara’s family wants the person or people in that sedan to come forward.
Brandon said: ‘He didn’t deserve this and I just hope whoever killed him…what’s done in the dark is soon going to come to the light.’
Duncanville ISD informed their students of Lara’s death by letter and grief counselors were at the school on Monday.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lara’s family during this difficult time.
SOURCE: Daily Mail | PHOTO CREDIT: Handout