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Durham teen pleads guilty in sister's death

Posted May 7, 2013
Updated May 10, 2013

— A Durham 15-year-old has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his 13-year-old sister last fall, authorities said Tuesday.

Jairo Lopez pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter in the Nov. 1 shooting of Emily Lopez in their Faucette Avenue home. She died a few days later at Duke University Hospital.

He was sentenced to five to seven years in prison.

Rene Moreno-Lopez, 17, was charged with violating the state's storage of firearms to protect minors statute. Durham police said Jairo Lopez took his brother's gun to school in May 2012, as well as using it to shoot their sister.

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  • delilahk2000 May 8, 10:26 a.m.

    THIS IS SO COLD BLOODED,HE SHOULD NEVER EVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY AGAIN....5 TO 7 IS A SLAP ON THE WRIST,,, FOR A COLD BLOODED KILLER.......IF HE COULD DO THIS TO HIS SISTER HE WILL DO IT TO ANYONE.......

  • kimsstressed May 8, 9:39 a.m.

    5-7 years for voluntarily killing another human, nonetheless his sister.. I don't care if it was with a gun, knife or toothpick, 7 years maximum?? Not "justice" at all...

  • xylem01 May 8, 8:18 a.m.

    Rene Moreno-Lopez, 17, was charged with violating the state's storage of firearms to protect minors statute.

    But Rene Moreno-Lopez is a minor himself! How can he be charged with this?

  • mittnfriends May 7, 7:02 p.m.

    maggie - so you're saying the gun didn't do it, but the facts tell otherwise.

    As far as the knife argument goes. I'd like to see you, knife in hand, and another individual, loaded gun in hand, fight it out and see how your knife argument stands up then.

  • sunshine1040 May 7, 6:01 p.m.

    A 15 year old has watched enough tv and played enough video games to know dead is final even if parents were not around to teach him right from wrong. 7 years is to light a sentence

  • chrisnrali May 7, 1:59 p.m.

    Allot of details and info missing from this story. Why even post it?

  • CraftyMo May 7, 1:58 p.m.

    What's your point Maggie?
    A young girls life is lost and a young boys life is lost as well. We don't know all the details and people are so quick to judge. Others seem to be making the young girl's death a platform for gun control or so it seems by comments left.
    I hope and pray their family can find a way to work through all the tragedies that have befallen them.

  • maggiesp7 May 7, 1:18 p.m.

    The gun didn't shoot her he did and it wasn't an accident or he wouldn't be losing 5 to 7 years of his life. Maybe someone should have taught him right from wrong. If he went to the kitchen and got a knife and stabbed her to death she would still be just as dead.

  • MeDave May 7, 1:04 p.m.

    Just another result of the gun culture that our representatives are voting now to expand.

  • lisa4 May 7, 12:42 p.m.

    dirkdiggler - I was thinking the same thing.

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