ICE: Teen suspect in boy's death in US illegally

Luis Landin, 17, charged in intoxication manslaughter death of Brandon Abrams, 6

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:51:57 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 25 2013 10:32:42 PM CST
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The 17-year-old intoxication manslaughter suspect accused in the death of a 6-year-old boy is in the U.S. illegally, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

According to central records at the Bexar County jail, ICE has placed a hold on Luis Landin, who also is under a $250,000 bond for the criminal charge in connection with the Thursday death of Brandon Abrams (pictured below).

Brandon's grandfather, Steve Abrams, said the boy was on the sidewalk near his home in the 9300 block of Autumn Sunrise waiting for the ice cream man.

According to investigators, Landin plowed into the boy with his pickup truck while he was reaching for his cell phone.

"I'm not going to say what I want done (to Landin)," Steve Abrams said. "I'm numb to the fact right now."

Abrams said the boy's 8-year-old sister was among those who saw what happened. He also said Brandon's mother, who works at a hospital ran, to her son's side and gave him CPR.

But Brandon later was pronounced dead at University Hospital.

Reacting to Landin's alleged claim he had dropped his cell phone, Abrams said, "Cell phones and driving and definitely drinking don't mix."

Debra Staelens was among the neighbors who gathered at a memorial where Brandon came to rest after being struck.

After giving her condolences to Brandon's grandfather and uncle, Staelens said, "I think there is something wrong when there is a 17-year-old driving down the street drunk at five o'clock in the afternoon."

Vigil held Friday night

On Friday night, a vigil was held in the boy's honor.

Brandon's dad asked for anyone with a story about Brandon to write it down and put it there at the memorial.

As of Friday evening, neighbors had raised thousands of dollars and one person anonymously said they will pay for the entire funeral.

Vigil held in boy's honor