19-year-old shot and killed in central Laredo

Published: Oct. 3, 2023 at 10:56 AM CDT
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - The city of Laredo is grappling with what law enforcement authorities are calling the fifth homicide of the year.

The incident happened on Tuesday, October 3, in the early hours of the morning, around 2:45 a.m., when Laredo Police received a call reporting gunshots fired outside an apartment complex in the 2300 block of East Stewart Street.

When officers got to the scene, they found the body of 19-year-old Michael Torres Jr. with apparent gunshot injuries. Torres was pronounced dead at the scene.

Laredo Police Department’s Investigator Joe Baeza expressed the community’s concerns, stating, “We understand that there’s a lot of concern. Obviously, the fact that we had a shooting on Saturday night and now we have another shooting. Not a usual thing for our community. So for right now, what we wanted to indicate was that there was nothing insomuch as any type of relationship between what happened on Saturday and what happened this morning.”

Officers have been canvassing the surrounding area, documenting the crime scene, and talking to the family of the victim.

As of the latest update, the Laredo Police Department remains in the early stages of this investigation. At this time, no arrests have been made, and no suspects have been identified.

Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Below is the original story:

A 19-year-old is killed after a shooting in central Laredo Tuesday morning.

The incident was reported at 2:47 a.m. at the 2300 block of E. Stewart.

According to Laredo Police, the victim has been identified as Michael Torres, age 19.

Laredo Police are investigating it as the city’s fifth homicide.

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