A $25 vape juice robbery gone terribly wrong resulted in the murder of an 18-year-old Colorado all-state rugby player last week, just days before he was set to graduate from high school.
According to the affidavit of an Arapahoe County Sheriff’s deputy obtained by ELLE.com, Lloyd Chavez was shot on May 8 outside of his home in Centennial, Colorado, and later died in the hospital. He attempted to identify his killer in the final moments of his life, telling authorities before undergoing unsuccessful emergency surgery that the person who shot him was a junior at Cherokee Trial High School in Aurora named “Kenny.”
After conducting a series of interviews with witnesses, friends, and neighbors, authorities filed arrest warrants for Chavez’s classmates 16-year-old Demarea Mitchell, 17-year-old Dominic Stager, 17-year-old Kenneth Gallegos, and 17-year-old Juliana Serrano.
The teens allegedly hatched a scheme to rob Chavez of vape juice, but ended up killing him. They have all been charged with first-degree murder. Even though the suspects are charged as adults, they are being held at the Marvin W. Foote Youth Services Center in Centennial, ELLE.com confirms.
Serrano allegedly gave conflicting statements to police, but ultimately admitted to visiting Chavez’s house with the three other teens to steal vape juice, which he promoted the sale of on his Snapchat. According to the affidavit, she initially said there were no plans to rob Chavez, but later admitted that had been the plan the whole time.
Serrano allegedly gave Chavez $25 for the supplies, but he didn’t have the promised products. That’s when someone brought out a .22 caliber and fatally shot Chavez, according to authorities. The teens fled the scene of the crime without any of the vape juice.
Serrano and Stager are reportedly in court on June 3. Gallegos has a status conference scheduled for May 20, while Mitchell’s is set for June 10, according to ABC 7.
“Lloyd was an amazing young man who had his whole life ahead of him,” Chavez’ cousin, Angie Lilyblade, wrote on Facebook in a tribute post.
Chavez’s death came just two weeks after the Denver Post lauded his father for rescuing an injured woman from her car after a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 70.
The late teen’s friends and family have set up a Facebook page called “The Life of Lloyd IV” to share memories and photos of him. A celebration of his life is scheduled for this weekend.