A 12-year-old girl was shot and killed inside a Montgomery County home Friday morning, and her 13-year-old brother was charged with her murder for allegedly shooting her at point-blank range in the chest, the district attorney said.
The victim, Jasiyah Vasquez, died before police officers in Upper Providence arrived at the house. She was found dead on the living room floor, District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a statement Friday night.
Her brother, Jah’sir Vasquez, was arrested and held without bail on a third-degree murder charge because surveillance camera showed the shooting occur, Steele said.
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"We followed the evidence in this case, which clearly showed that the 13-year-old shot and killed his sister. Despite the child’s age, Pennsylvania law requires that we charge Jah’sir Vasquez in adult criminal court for the shooting death of his sister," Steele said in a statement.
Police were called to a Larchwood Court townhome in the Perkiomen Woods community in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, around 7:50 a.m., and officers found the little girl already dead.
The investigation allegedly found that the children's mother, Daisy Vasquez, had asked her son, Jah'sir, to get her 9-millimeter handgun from a car outside, Steele said.
According to the surveillance video found by detectives, Jah’sir could be seen entering "the house with the handgun in his right hand and then pointing it at Jasiyah. Seconds later, while Jah’sir had the gun pointed in his sister’s direction, it discharged, and Jasiyah collapsed," the DA's statement said.