Teen arrested in shooting says he didn't think gun was loaded

Ryan Rodriguez, 19, accused of fatally shooting 14-year-old at party

SAN ANTONIO – A Northwest Side family said they are hoping to find out why a 14-year-old girl was killed at a party.

Melody Cerros was shot inside a garage at a home in the 8600 block of Star Creek Drive overnight. Police said the teen was with friends when one of them pulled out a handgun and pointed it her head.

Ryan Rodriguez, 19, was arrested in the shooting. He told police he didn't think the gun was loaded.

The Cerros family said that answer is not good enough for them.

"I just want her back, but that can't happen, because she's gone forever, and all because of this little kid, who didn't know, 'I can't play with a gun if I don't know how to handle it properly,'" Genesis Cerros, Melody Cerros' sister, said.

Rodriguez is charged with manslaughter. His bond is set at $100,000.

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