Family: James Whitley shot while selling drugs on West Avenue

15-y­ear-old injured in shooting, arrested in connection with Whitley's death

SAN ANTONIO - A 15-year-old has been arrested in the Monday night shooting death of 24-year-old James Whitley.


Whitely's family says he was shot during a drug transaction gone wrong. The family said he went to the apartment complex in the 3500 block of West Avenue on Monday night to sell drugs, and they think he was set up.

"It is hard to know that he died for doing that -- for the drugs," Gloria Aguirre, Whitley's mother-in-law, said.

Aguirre said Whitley had just landed a new job, and was trying to leave behind his old life as a drug dealer.

"Now I'm left with two kids, one on the way. I just don't know why," Valerie Aguirre, Whitley's wife, said.

She said she was in the front yard with Whitley and their two kids just before the shooting. He jumped over a fence to go to the apartment complex, which is close enough to their home that she could hear the gunshots.

"I had a gut feeling, and I just heard everybody yelling ... his name, and I just knew," she said.

Police say a 15-year-old shot Whitley in the hip.

The teen told police Whitley shot him first. A bullet grazed the boy's head, investigators said.

The 15-year-old and two other teens fled the apartment complex, then he called for help from a convenience store at Blanco and Dresden, investigators said.

The 15-year-old is not being identified by police because he is a juvenile.


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