By Austin York

LAKE HIGHLANDS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Lake Highlands High School teen was shot and killed after police say another teenager was playing with a gun.

Sources say the group of teens, ranging in ages from 14 to 17, were driving around in a van yesterday, when a 16-year-old boy pulled out a gun, and accidentally shot Azeneth Pina, 14, on Whitehurst Drive, near Fair Oaks Crossing.

The source says the teens panicked and decided to throw the pistol in a creek. It was recovered by a dive team Wednesday morning.

The teens then dropped the girl off at Baylor Garland. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

After an interrogation, the teens confessed to what happened. The boy who fired the gun, killing the Lake Highlands High School freshman will face a manslaughter charge. He is not a student in the Richardson ISD.

Grief counsellors will be on the Lake Highlands campus for the rest of the week. A letter was sent home to parents, calling Pina well-liked by her classmates and teachers.

Lake Highlands High School principal Dr. Josh Delich sent students and parents the following letter:

Dear Wildcat Nation,

I’m saddened to let you know that one of our freshman students, Azeneth Pina, died yesterday. Ms. Pina was in her first year at Lake Highlands High School, but was well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and will be greatly missed.

An RISD crisis counseling team was at school today to talk with students and be available to support those who knew Azeneth.

If you’d like your child to speak with a crisis counselor about this news, please contact our counseling staff and we will make arrangements.

Thank you for keeping the Pina family in your thoughts during this difficult time.

 

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