Details released following 14-year-old's arrest in West Mesa student killing

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Feb. 26—A fight over a stolen "ghost gun" next to the football field at West Mesa High School on Friday turned deadly when police say a 14-year-old shot a 16-year-old fellow student who accused him of stealing it.

Albuquerque police have arrested Marcos Trejo and charged him with murder and tampering with evidence.

Trejo was arrested Friday evening at a West Side home. He was booked into the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Center, said Gilbert Gallegos, Albuquerque Police Department spokesman, in a news release.

Just before 8:30 a.m., officers were called to the high school where they found Andrew Burson, a junior, had been shot multiple times. A sergeant tried to save him, but he died at the scene.

The students inside the school were told to shelter in place and their parents eventually came to pick them all up. Meanwhile, detectives began investigating.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, the officers noticed a group of teenagers arguing near where Burson was killed. They talked with those teenagers and learned that Burson believed that Trejo had stolen a "ghost gun or Glock replica" he had bought on the internet and assembled himself.

Burson had posted about it on SnapChat the day before, saying "some fool stole my gun, no big deal, just a minor setback," the complaint said.

One of the teens told detectives that he and Trejo were walking near the school and Trejo was "walking as if he had something in his shorts," which the teen said he believed was a gun. Then, the teen said, Burson arrived in his silver BMW with black rims and got out to confront Trejo.

According to the complaint, Burson — who is identified by the initials A.B. — demanded Trejo give him his stuff back and held him against the fence. Trejo was able to get away and began running southbound.

"A.B. started to run after him when Marcos produced a handgun and shot at A.B. several times (5-6 gunshots were heard by M.R.)," the detective wrote in the complaint. "A.B. then fell to the ground."

Trejo fled the scene.

Detectives also found security camera video from a nearby business that they said verified the witness's accounts.

Investigators staked out Trejo's West Side home until they spotted him leaving in a change of clothes. He was arrested and taken to the police station where he declined to talk to detectives without an attorney.

It's unclear who his attorney will be.

An APD spokesman did not immediately respond to questions about whether the gun had been found.

In a news conference following the shooting Friday late morning, local officials and law enforcement decried juveniles having guns, saying it was a deadly mix.

"It is the connection between a juvenile and a weapon that costs a life and we cannot have that in our city," said Mayor Tim Keller. "I just want to close by saying this is a related conversation that has been happening all over America, and now we're seeing it happen right here in Albuquerque."

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