Surveillance video shows 'vehicle of interest' in Boone student's shooting death

Teen fatally shot while walking to school, deputies say

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County deputies on Wednesday released surveillance video of a vehicle they believe could be connected to the death of a 15-year-old boy who was fatally shot while walking to Boone High School.

Alejandro Vargas Martinez died at a hospital Tuesday morning.

The video shows the four-door sedan making a U-turn in a residential area before the shooting happened.

According to Teri McBryde, the video was shot from a camera positioned at her home at the corner of Waldo Street and Kaley Avenue.

"Everybody wants this person to be caught," she told News 6.

A $10,000 Crimeline reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the case, and Crimeline spokeswoman Barbara Bergen said she has received between 15 and 20 calls about Martinez's murder.

She said it will be up to Orange County sheriff's deputies to determine if the tips received will lead to an arrest.

Authorities said Martinez was walking to school along Waldo Street near Kaley Avenue around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday when someone shot him. Friends and family described him as a caring, energetic teen who loved his family.

Martinez’s uncle said the teen was like his son, and he said whoever shot the boy is a coward.

"Only God knows why he does things, I'm just asking for God to do justice," Alberto Vargas said. "If you saw something, if you know something, say it. Don't be afraid."

He also said his nephew’s cellphone was stolen.

Tyrese Nunally said he goes to Boone High School. He said Martinez was well-liked and popular.

"It happened so close to Christmas, at a time where everybody wants to be together and with family," Nunally said.

Nunally said he’s angry someone shot and killed his friend.

"He was just a sweet little kid, just trying to go to school every day, trying to get his education and someone just took that away from him," Nunally said.

A GoFundMe has been created to help pay for funeral expenses, and a memorial fund has been established by Orange County Public Schools.

Anyone who recognizes the vehicle in the video is asked to call to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477).

About the Authors:

Jerry Askin is an Atlanta native who came to News 6 in March 2018 with an extensive background in breaking news.

Erik Sandoval joined the News 6 team as a reporter in May 2013 and became an Investigator in 2020. During his time at News 6, Erik has covered several major stories, including the 2016 Presidential campaign. He was also one of the first reporters live on the air at the Pulse Nightclub shooting.