Family Mourns The Death Of 18-Year-Old Shot In SW Oklahoma City

Wednesday, April 21st 2021, 5:01 pm
By: Hunter McKee


An Oklahoma City family is mourning the loss of a teen shot and killed earlier this week. Victor Reyes, 18, was shot Sunday near SW 22nd and Portland Avenue.

Reyes' two sisters said he was moving in the right direction with his life. When they got the call that he had been shot, they said it was both shocking and heartbreaking.

"Even though he was my little brother, he was my big brother," Lorena Reyes said.

Just after 5 p.m. Sunday, police said there was some type of an altercation outside of Portland Food Mart.  Things escalated and someone pulled out a gun and began firing. That's when Victor Reyes was hit.

"Someone else calls me and says it was him," Alexa Reyes said.

Alexa Reyes quickly scrambled to find out what had happened.

"I was worried, but I was hopeful," Alexa Reyes said. "I was just trying to pray that everything was OK; that it wasn't anything too deep."

Police found Victor Reyes near SW 32nd and Miller. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died.  Alexa Reyes called Lorena Reyes, who was out of state.

She said that he's gone, and I just immediately walked off," Lorena Reyes said.

That same night, investigators received information from witnesses and found the suspect vehicle just a block away from the scene.  There, they arrested 15-year-old Gabriel De La Rosa. He was booked into the Oklahoma County Detention Center on a complaint of first-degree murder.

"It's senseless," Lorena Reyes said. "In my heart, I feel so much hate, because of the person who killed my brother and took away his life. But at the same time, he's so young himself."

"He wasn't just some person who was out running the streets," Alexa Reyes said. "He was a family person."

A GoFundMe was set up to help with funeral costs, and on Saturday, a fundraiser will be held for Victor Reyes' family.

Police are also looking for two other teenagers who they think are involved with the shooting.