SANTA FE, N.M. (WR) — Prosecutors plan to hunt grownup felony sanctions towards a 16-year-old defendant within the killing of a standout highschool basketball participant in New Mexico, Santa Fe-based District Lawyer Marco Serna stated Monday.

Serna stated the district lawyer’s workplace filed a petition in juvenile courtroom that features an open depend of homicide towards a juvenile defendant, and that his workplace will request to maneuver the case to state district courtroom to pursue grownup sanctions within the capturing loss of life Saturday of Fedonta “J.B.” White.

White, an 18-year-old school basketball recruit who deliberate to graduate from highschool early over the summer time, was shot at a social gathering on the northern outskirts of Santa Fe within the rural group often known as Chupadero.

A 16-year-old linked to the killing was being held at a juvenile detention heart. The Related Press usually doesn’t establish juveniles who’re accused of crimes.

White, a 6-foot-Eight ahead for the Santa Fe Excessive Faculty Demons averaged 20 factors and 10 rebounds within the 2019-20 season, as his crew reached the state quarterfinals. He was scheduled to play basketball on a scholarship for the College of New Mexico.

Lots of of buddies and acquaintances gathered Sunday on Santa Fe’s downtown plaza for a vigil, lighting candles at a makeshift memorial. Others stayed away as a precaution towards any potential violence.

Serna stated an preliminary detention listening to will happen in juvenile courtroom earlier than prosecutors can file a request to use grownup sanctions in state district courtroom.

He declined to share copies of the petition, citing juvenile courtroom restrictions.

In a information launch Sunday, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Division introduced preliminary murder and weapons costs towards a 16-year-old defendant. The division on Monday declined to instantly launch additional paperwork associated to its costs and investigation.

Directors and college students from White’s faculty district made a public enchantment Monday for fogeys to safeguard firearms and for teens to take a pledge towards stemming gun violence. Faculty officers outlined free counseling choices for teens who could also be despondent or depressed over the capturing and White’s loss of life.

Santa Fe Public Faculties Superintendent Veronica Garcia expressed concern concerning the social gathering that turned violent amid a statewide stay-at-home order to stem the unfold of COVID-19.

“I say to our dad and mom, be aware of home events — let’s not overlook that there’s a present pandemic,” she stated. “Be cognizant of scholars’ entry to weapons, discuss to your youngsters.”

Miranda Viscoli, of the gun management advocacy group New Mexicans to Forestall Gun Violence, referred to as on state lawmakers to revisit stalled proposals for a kid entry safety legislation that enables adults to be prosecuted if a minor positive factors entry to a neglectfully saved firearm.