LANCASTER – A crowd of more than 200 gathered Wednesday evening to mourn the Palmdale teen shot to death this week after a feud with a neighbor.
The candlelight vigil for 17-year-old Christopher Flores was held in front of his home in the 38100 of Boxthorn Street in Palmdale.
Friends and family members hugged, cried and took turns reminiscing about Flores. Many said the teenager was loyal, smart, funny and kindhearted.
“He had the sweetest heart, he was just all heart,” said one of his teachers at Pete Knight High School. “He was a great kid… he made it so easy to be a good teacher.”
Detectives have released little information about the events that led up to the shooting that claimed the life of Flores, and differing stories abound between witnesses and neighbors.
According to the facts of the case, the shooting happened around 9 p.m. near Flores’ home in the 38100 block of Boxthorn Street. When deputies responded to the scene, Flores was on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Hours later, 36-year-old Victor Flores (the teen’s neighbor) was arrested and booked for murder at the Palmdale Station.
Victor Flores was charged Thursday with one count of murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. He appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom but did not enter a plea Thursday, and the case was postponed.
A superior court judge raised bail for Victor Flores from $1 million to $2.2 million.
He is due in court again on Monday, October 15 to answer charges.
UPDATE 10/15/2012: Victor Flores appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom on Monday, October 15, but again, he did not enter a plea. Instead Flores’ hearing was postponed to October 29 for arraignment and plea. The AV Times will continue to follow this story closely.