CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Four teens have been arrested for murder in connection with the shooting death of a Centennial teenager during what an affidavit outlines as a botched vape product robbery.
Dominic Stager, 17, Damarea Mitchell, 16, Kenneth Gallegos, 17, and Juliana Serrano, 17, have been charged with first-degree murder after an incident earlier this month that left Cherokee Trail High School senior Lloyd Chavez dead.
Chavez, known around school as a skilled rugby player, died after being shot outside his Centennial home near East Smoky Hill Road and South Liverpool Street, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office.
Before he died from his injuries, Chavez told the deputy who initially responded to the 911 call, as well as a Parker Adventist Hospital nurse, that "Kenny" shot him, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Serrano, Stager, Mitchell and Gallegos are accused of planning to rob Chavez, who sold vape juice, on the night of May 8, according to the affidavit. Investigators later found vape products at Chavez's home, the affidavit says.
Serrano is a cheerleader at Cherokee Trail High School, and Gallegos, a former Cherokee Trail student, recently transferred to Grandview High School, according to the affidavit. Serrano identified Mitchell in a photo provided by a Cherokee Trail High School school resource officer, the affidavit says. It's not clear whether Stager is a student at one of those schools.
The four teens drove to Chavez's home, and Serrano told investigators the original plan was to "have [Chavez] give her the juice and she would drive off," the affidavit says.
When Chavez first approached their vehicle and did not have the juice on him, Serrano said she gave him money, but when he walked away, Mitchell got out of the car and "got the money back," according to the probable cause affidavit.
Investigators later found $25 in Serrano's wallet during a search of her home, the affidavit says.
Then, according to the affidavit, Serrano initially told investigators that a struggle ensued between Chavez and an "unknown black male" who "shot [Chavez]." Serrano later told investigators she saw Mitchell "point the gun at [Chavez]" after Chavez "walked away from the car," according to the affidavit.
She also said during interviews with investigators that Stager's role was to scare Chavez and "push him to get the 'stuff,'" according to the affidavit.
The affidavit also says Serrano told investigators that "'technically yeah,' it was her plan. It was her who set it up."
Serrano, Stager, Mitchell and Gallegos have been charged with the following in connection with the incident:
- First-degree murder (One count)
- Aggravated robbery - possession of a real or simulated weapon (One count)
- Conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery - possession of a real or simulated weapon (One count)
- Violent crime causing death or serious bodily injury (a sentence enhancer)
- Violent crime - used weapon (a sentence enhancer).
Chavez was the son of Lloyd Chavez III. The elder Chavez was hailed as a hero April 25 when he helped rescue drivers injured in a fiery crash on I-70. Four people were killed in that crash.
A celebration of life for Chavez will be held at 4 p.m., May 18 at Cook Park located at 7100 Cherry Creek South Drive in Denver.
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