AUSTIN (KXAN) - Police are looking for the man they said shot and killed Ashley Perez, 19, around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
According to Austin Police Department, Javier Rodriguez, Jr., 24, was confronted by Perez regarding money he might have owed her at his home in the 3600 block of Govalle Avenue. Perez had a gun, but so did Rodriguez.
During the exchange, Rodriguez shot and killed Perez, who died at the hospital about five hours after the shooting.
Police have charged Rodriguez with being felon in possession of a firearm but his whereabouts are still unknown.
"At this time, speaking with witnesses, you had two people there at the scene- witnesses are describing that both subjects were in possession of a firearm and we feel that we gathered the facts and circumstances and we decided it would be best to present them to a grand jury and let them make that decision (about filing murder charges)," said APD homicide Sgt. Scott Ehlert.
Anyone with details about the shooting or his location to call the following numbers:
- Homicide Tip Line: 512-477-3588
- CrimeStoppers : 512-472-TIPS
- Text CRIMES with the keyword "Tip 103" plus your message
Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 if a tip leads to an arrest or criminal charges.
The Victim's History
According to Ashley's mother, Yvonne Chapa, Perez graduated from American YouthWorks in 2010 -- a school that helps troubled teens get back on the right track.
Her mother does not deny the fact her daughter had some struggles. Online records show Perez faced her second drunk driving conviction last summer at the age of 18.
Perez's family says they are grateful for the positive programs she was a part of and want to thank those who played a role in trying to help her.
She was the youngest of three children and leaves behind two older brothers.
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