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15-year-old dead after allegedly being shot by cousin, police say

The suspect shot the teen after he took the magazine out of the gun and pointed it at her.
Credit: Phoenix Police Department
Phoenix Police said Alexis J. Vidrio allegedly shot his family member on W. Roma Avenue.

PHOENIX — A 15-year-old girl is dead after she was shot by her cousin on Saturday, police alleged. 

Around 3:15 p.m., Phoenix Police said a caller reported the teen was shot by a family member in the area of 5800 West Roma Avenue.

Investigators said the cousins were playing with a handgun when 21-year-old Alex J. Vidrio allegedly removed the magazine out of the gun, pointed it at a window and ended up shooting Valerie L. Arreloa in the face. 

Police said Vidrio made a statement saying he thought he had unloaded the gun. 

Arreloa was taken to a nearby hospital where she died. She had just recently turned 15. 

Officials said a Glock 9MM pistol was found in the house, which belonged to another cousin.

Vidrio was arrested for manslaughter. 

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