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May 24, 1989
A 14-year-old boy shot a 13-year-old friend to death in a game of Russian roulette Tuesday in Valencia, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported. Gabriel Soto, 13, of Newhall, died instantly when he was hit by a single round from a large-caliber handgun, Sheriff's Sgt. Birl Adams said. The gun belonged to the 14-year-old's father, Adams said. The boy, whose identity was not revealed because of his age, was taken to Sylmar Juvenile Hall and held on suspicion of murder.
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June 5, 1989 | STEVE PADILLA, Times Staff Writer
The morning after 13-year-old Gabriel Soto died during a one-sided game of Russian roulette, a team of counselors hastily assembled at Placerita Junior High School in Newhall to offer the dead boy's classmates solace and support. The counselors found scores of students devastated by the news. Most children wept. Some denied that their friend was really dead. Others irrationally blamed themselves for Gabriel's death. Some, physically shaken by emotion, complained of fatigue and nausea.
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May 26, 1989 | From Times wire service s
A Valencia teen-ager pleaded not guilty today to charges that he murdered a school friend during a one-sided game of Russian roulette, authorities said. The 14-year-old suspect, who was not named because he is a juvenile, denied the charge during a brief arraignment hearing at Sylmar Juvenile Court. Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Craig R. Richman said a denial in juvenile court is similar to a not guilty plea in criminal court. The boy is charged in the Tuesday killing of Gabriel Soto, 13, of Newhall.
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May 28, 1989 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, Times Staff Writer
More than 200 mourners, including friends and relatives wearing T-shirts adorned with his name, said goodby Saturday to Gabriel Soto, the 13-year-old victim of a shooting that occurred during a one-sided version of Russian roulette. After a Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Catholic Church, the boy's body was buried on a windy, steep hillside at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall, where the crying of his family and the strains of traditional mourning songs were almost drowned out by noise from the Antelope Valley Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1989 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, Times Staff Writer
Murder charges were filed Thursday against a Valencia teen-ager who shot a 13-year-old boy to death during a one-sided game of Russian roulette, authorities said. The 14-year-old boy was charged in Sylmar Juvenile Hall with one count of murder in the fatal shooting Tuesday of Gabriel Soto, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Michelle Rosenblatt. Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators said the boy shot Soto once in the head with a large-caliber revolver at the Valencia apartment where he lived with his parents, who were not home at the time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1989
A Valencia teen-ager pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he murdered a school friend during a one-sided game of Russian roulette, authorities said. The 14-year-old, who was not named because of his age, denied the charge during a brief arraignment hearing at Sylmar Juvenile Court. Deputy Dist. Atty. Craig R. Richman said a denial in Juvenile Court is similar to a not guilty plea. The boy is charged in the Tuesday killing of Gabriel Soto, 13, of Newhall. Authorities said the boy, Soto and another 14-year-old were in the boy's home when he partially loaded his father's gun and took turns pointing it at himself and the others, then pulling the trigger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1989
A Valencia teen-ager who shot a 13-year-old boy to death during a game of Russian roulette was charged Thursday with murder. The 14-year-old boy was arraigned in Sylmar Juvenile Hall on one count of murder in the fatal shooting Tuesday of Gabriel Soto, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Michele Rosenblatt. Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators said the boy shot Soto once in the head with a large-caliber revolver at the Valencia apartment where he lived with his parents, who were not home at the time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1989
A 14-year-old boy shot a 13-year-old friend to death in a game of Russian roulette Tuesday in Valencia, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported. Gabriel Soto, 13, of Newhall, died instantly when he was hit by a single round from a large-caliber handgun, Sheriff's Sgt. Birl Adams said. The gun belonged to the father of the boy who allegedly fired the shot, Adams said. The 14-year-old, whose identity was not revealed because of his age, was taken to Sylmar Juvenile Hall and held on suspicion of murder, Adams said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1989 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN and MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writers
The Valencia teen-ager who allegedly shot and killed 13-year-old Gabriel Soto during a one-sided game of Russian roulette had played the dangerous game before with other friends, authorities said Wednesday. The 14-year-old boy also reportedly had bragged on the school bus of pointing his father's gun at his own head and at those of playmates and pulling the trigger, members of Soto's family said they had been told. But whether any adults heard the boasts, or if they merely had not taken them seriously, remained unclear Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1989 | STEVE PADILLA, Times Staff Writer
The morning after 13-year-old Gabriel Soto died during a one-sided game of Russian roulette, a team of counselors hastily assembled at Placerita Junior High School in Newhall to offer the dead boy's classmates solace and support. The counselors found scores of students devastated by the news. Most children wept. Some denied that their friend was really dead. Others irrationally blamed themselves for Gabriel's death. Some, physically shaken by emotion, complained of fatigue and nausea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1989
A Valencia teen-ager pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he murdered a school friend during a one-sided game of Russian roulette, authorities said. The 14-year-old, who was not named because of his age, denied the charge during a brief arraignment hearing at Sylmar Juvenile Court. Deputy Dist. Atty. Craig R. Richman said a denial in Juvenile Court is similar to a not guilty plea. The boy is charged in the Tuesday killing of Gabriel Soto, 13, of Newhall. Authorities said the boy, Soto and another 14-year-old were in the boy's home when he partially loaded his father's gun and took turns pointing it at himself and the others, then pulling the trigger.
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May 26, 1989 | From Times wire service s
A Valencia teen-ager pleaded not guilty today to charges that he murdered a school friend during a one-sided game of Russian roulette, authorities said. The 14-year-old suspect, who was not named because he is a juvenile, denied the charge during a brief arraignment hearing at Sylmar Juvenile Court. Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Craig R. Richman said a denial in juvenile court is similar to a not guilty plea in criminal court. The boy is charged in the Tuesday killing of Gabriel Soto, 13, of Newhall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1989 | CARLOS V. LOZANO, Times Staff Writer
Murder charges were filed Thursday against a Valencia teen-ager who shot a 13-year-old boy to death during a one-sided game of Russian roulette, authorities said. The 14-year-old boy was charged in Sylmar Juvenile Hall with one count of murder in the fatal shooting Tuesday of Gabriel Soto, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Michelle Rosenblatt. Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators said the boy shot Soto once in the head with a large-caliber revolver at the Valencia apartment where he lived with his parents, who were not home at the time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1989
A Valencia teen-ager who shot a 13-year-old boy to death during a game of Russian roulette was charged Thursday with murder. The 14-year-old boy was arraigned in Sylmar Juvenile Hall on one count of murder in the fatal shooting Tuesday of Gabriel Soto, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Michele Rosenblatt. Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators said the boy shot Soto once in the head with a large-caliber revolver at the Valencia apartment where he lived with his parents, who were not home at the time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1989 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN and MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writers
The Valencia teen-ager who allegedly shot and killed 13-year-old Gabriel Soto during a one-sided game of Russian roulette had played the dangerous game before with other friends, authorities said Wednesday. The 14-year-old boy also reportedly had bragged on the school bus of pointing his father's gun at his own head and at those of playmates and pulling the trigger, members of Soto's family said they had been told. But whether any adults heard the boasts, or if they merely had not taken them seriously, remained unclear Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1989
A 14-year-old boy shot a 13-year-old friend to death in a game of Russian roulette Tuesday in Valencia, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported. Gabriel Soto, 13, of Newhall, died instantly when he was hit by a single round from a large-caliber handgun, Sheriff's Sgt. Birl Adams said. The gun belonged to the father of the boy who allegedly fired the shot, Adams said. The 14-year-old, whose identity was not revealed because of his age, was taken to Sylmar Juvenile Hall and held on suspicion of murder, Adams said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1989 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, Times Staff Writer
More than 200 mourners, including friends and relatives wearing T-shirts adorned with his name, said goodby Saturday to Gabriel Soto, the 13-year-old victim of a shooting that occurred during a one-sided version of Russian roulette. After a Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Catholic Church, the boy's body was buried on a windy, steep hillside at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall, where the crying of his family and the strains of traditional mourning songs were almost drowned out by noise from the Antelope Valley Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1989 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, Times Staff Writer
Before shooting 13-year-old Gabriel Soto to death in May in a one-sided version of Russian roulette, a Valencia teen-ager loaded a revolver with five cartridges, then mocked another boy who was afraid of having the gun pointed at him, the boy testified Tuesday. Aaron Schwartz, 15, who witnessed the killing, testified at the trial of the 14-year-old Valencia youth, not identified because of his age, who was charged with second-degree murder in Soto's death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1989
A 14-year-old boy shot a 13-year-old friend to death in a game of Russian roulette Tuesday in Valencia, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reported. Gabriel Soto, 13, of Newhall, died instantly when he was hit by a single round from a large-caliber handgun, Sheriff's Sgt. Birl Adams said. The gun belonged to the 14-year-old's father, Adams said. The boy, whose identity was not revealed because of his age, was taken to Sylmar Juvenile Hall and held on suspicion of murder.
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