16-Year-Old Boy Lured to His Death By Teen Facebook 'Friend'

A 16-year-old boy from the Bronx was reportedly lured to his death by a 17-year-old girl he knew from Facebook. Ricardo Romero was reportedly contacted by the teen girl, who went by the Facebook name "Chiquita Andy," and agreed to meet her at 7 p.m. Friday at an apartment building. It isn't clear whether they were already friends or the reason why he agreed to go to the building. He likely never imagined the night would play out in the horrific way it did.

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In the attack, which police say was caught on surveillance video, Romero reportedly arrived at the building and was immediately attacked by a group of young men. The teen was reportedly hit in the head with a bottle, stabbed in the left side of his chest, and robbed of his wallet and cellphone.

The teen then reportedly stumbled around the corner and collapsed on the street, where a passerby spotted him and called police. CPR was administered while cops waited for an ambulance to arrive and take Romero to the hospital, but he died 25 minutes later.

A man named Christian Juarez, who lives in the building where Romero met the girl, was reportedly arrested and charged with murder, robbery, and weapon possession. Police say he named an accomplice -- "Skip" -- who is still on the loose and whom Juarez said was responsible for stabbing the victim.

Juarez claims he hit Romero with a glass bottle and was going through his pockets when Skip allegedly stabbed him two to three times in the torso.

The suspect's girlfriend, 17-year-old Andy, corroborated Juarez's story and told police Skip was responsible for the murder.

Another man named Christian Garcia, 27, was arrested and charged with conspiracy for allegedly taking part in the robbery. Police say he also lived in the same building as Juarez.

Romero reportedly moved to New York City from Mexico with his family about 10 years ago. He lived with his mother and two sisters and worked as a deliveryman, according to his family. Our hearts go out to his grieving family and friends.

 

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