Wapato homicide vigil

Community members gather for a vigil follwoing the Monday shooting death of 14-year-old Carlos Steven Muguia Barajas on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Wapato Lions Park in Wapato, Wash. More than 150 people showed up to the vigil.

Yakima County sheriff’s detectives continue to search for a Wapato man accused of killing a 14-year-old boy in a Wapato park earlier this month.

Christopher Raul Trejo, 19, has been charged with first-degree murder, and a warrant was issued for his arrest recently, according to court documents.

Trejo is accused of shooting Carlos Steven Munguia-Barajas at Wapato Lions Park around 4:30 p.m. April 8. Authorities were called to the park, 100 French Lane, on a report of someone being shot, and found the boy with a gunshot wound to his lower back and elbow.

Surveillance video from school district property showed four people getting out of a car, confronting Carlos, and him falling to the ground as the four run away, documents said.

Authorities said they were able to identify the car’s owner and some of its occupants, and that evidence led them to file charges against Trejo in the shooting of Carlos.

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.

Reach Donald W. Meyers at dmeyers@yakimaherald.com or on Twitter: donaldwmeyers, or https://www.facebook.com/donaldwmeyersjournalist/

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