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15-Year-Old Accidentally Killed by Friend After Stealing BMW and Attempting Crime Spree

A 15-year-old boy from Coral Gables was shot and killed this morning in Boynton Beach after he stole a BMW with two friends and drove to Palm Beach County looking for homes to burglarize. The victim was accidentally shot by a friend who was playing with a gun in the back seat of the stolen car.


All three boys are believed to be from Coral Gables. Details of where they stole the car have not been released, nor have any identities or ages.

The boys somehow wound up in the Heron Pointe apartment complex in suburban Boynton Beach. The 15-year-old did not have a driver license but was still behind the wheel. A friend was playing with a gun in the back seat, and the firearm accidentally discharged. The bullet hit the driver and killed him. The incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. today.

The two other boys then dragged their friend's lifeless body to the apartment complex's entrance. Sheriff's deputies arrived and found the body lying on the ground.

The boys originally told deputies they had been the victim of a robbery but quickly confessed that they had been in the area looking for homes to burglarize.

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