Homicide investigators looking for person who shot, killed 16-year-old girl

Naveah Martinez found dead in back seat of stolen car, police say

SAN ANTONIO – Homicide detectives are working to find the person who shot and killed a 16-year-old girl in a Southwest Side neighborhood early Tuesday morning.

Officers responded to several calls about gunshots in the 5100 block of War Horse and found the victim, identified as Naveah Martinez, dead in the back seat of a car.

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Police said the vehicle where they found her body, shortly after 12:30 a.m., was stolen.

They took two people into custody at the scene who they described as witnesses.

Someone left a single red rose in honor of the victim, just steps away from blood stains on the ground. (KSAT 12 News)

It was unclear whether Martinez was the intended target of the shooting.

However, officers said it appeared the violence stemmed from something that happened earlier at a nearby location.

They did not offer details on that earlier incident. Martinez’s aunt Stephanie Martinez described her as a sweet, and happy teen. “She loved working with her dad. She liked to do, like, construction and stuff like that. So she was a good girl,” she recalls.

By daylight, someone had left a single red rose on the sidewalk in honor of the victim, just a few feet away from a large blood stain. That memorial grew in the day as more family and friends stopped by to remember the teen.

Police say the shooting is still under investigation, although they are handling it as a murder case. The family is pleading for justice, “just turn yourself in. I mean, she was just a child,” her aunt said.

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Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Azian Bermea is a photojournalist at KSAT.

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