We're learning more about what led up to the death of the teen whose body was found outside a St. Paul dog park last weekend, thanks to newly filed murder charges against the suspect.
The victim, 15-year-old Angel Gabriel Reyes Hernandez, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in the parking lot of Arlington Arkwright Park early Sunday morning.
The discovery was made when St. Paul officers patrolling the area were flagged down by a person "who told them a body was lying in a parking lot of a dog park."
According to the charging documents filed Thursday, that person was none other than the victim's killer, 16-year-old Oscar Cervantes.
The teen initially reported to police that he and Reyes Hernandez had been smoking marijuana in the dog park when they were approached by "four black males" in a car, who yelled "gang slang" at the teens and then shot Reyes Hernandez in the head.
However, the suspect's story kept changing as he was confronted with more and more evidence.
That evidence? A Snapchat video showing Cervantes pointing a gun at Reyes Hernandez, as well as testimony from multiple witnesses who were at the scene of the alleged murder, according to the charges.
The documents say the shooting happened at a local apartment during an argument between Cervantes and the victim, apparently over a gun.
Two witnesses also told police that Cervantes yelled that he had shot the 15-year-old victim, and then demanded help disposing of the body.
Another witness – who reported that Cervantes has gang ties as well as a "serious anger problem" – said that the defendant told them the shooting was an "accident."
Multiple witnesses describe being afraid of Cervantes as the reason they agreed to help him move the body, and similar reasons were given for not reporting him to police.
He's charged with 2nd Degree Murder - Without Intent.
According to WCCO, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office has filed a motion to try the 16-year-old as an adult.
Since the killing, a memorial has sprung up in the parking lot where Reyes Hernandez's body was found, KSTP reports.
He attended Humboldt High School, which paid tribute to him in a Christmas Facebook post:
The teenager's death is the 17th homicide in St. Paul this year.