YAKIMA, Wash. – The Yakima County Coroner’s office has confirmed the identity of a 14-year-old boy who was shot to death at a Wapato city park Monday.

Carlos Steven Munguia Barajas died at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital Monday of a single gunshot wound, Coroner Jim Curtice said.

Authorities were called to Wapato Lions Park around 4:30 p.m. on a report of a shooting. Yakima County sheriff’s detectives say the shooting appears to be gang-related.

The sheriff’s office is investigating at the request of the Wapato Police Department.

Carlos’ death is the fifth in Yakima County this year, and the first in Wapato.

The Wapato School District offered counseling to students and staff in need, and arranged extra security during the school day on Tuesday. Munguia Barajas was a student at Wapato Middle School.

More than 150 community members gathered for a vigil Wednesday evening at Wapato Lions Park.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call sheriff’s Detective Sergio Reyna at 509-574-2550 or Yakima County Crime Stoppers at 800-248-9980. Tips may also be sent to Crime Stoppers’ website.


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1The FBI says it believes the Yakima County Sheriff's Office under reported the number of incidents in 2018
2Wapato's data for 2018 is not reliable.