Homicide

Texas teen shot dead in park after game of Russian Roulette, police say

Juan Borja.

Juan Borja.

A game of Russian Roulette killed a 13-year-old boy in a park in Texas, according to police who said another teen was charged with manslaughter.

Juan Borja, a 7th grader at Freeport Intermediate School, died Wednesday from a gunshot wound to the chest, police said.

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Investigators said the boy was with a group at Peppermint Park in Freeport around 5:45 p.m. when Borja unveiled the gun to others in attendance. He allegedly loaded a round into the weapon before handing it out.

A 14-year-old Freeport boy was later taken into custody and charged with manslaughter and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. The suspect supposedly took the weapon and hid it in a field before police found it, according to investigators.

Police say that a man had called after he thought he heard possible fireworks at the park and then found the boy laying face-down in the grass.

Paramedics rushed the teen to a hospital where he later was pronounced dead. 

The investigation is ongoing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.