BELLAIRE, Texas – Family members identified the teenager shot and killed on Tuesday at Bellaire High School as 19-year-old Cesar Cortes.
Another student shot Cortes in the chest around 4 p.m. inside the JRTOC supply room, police said. The 16-year-old suspect and another person connected to the case were arrested hours after the shooting.
The suspected gunman was charged with manslaughter Wednesday morning and was moved to the Harris County Juvenile Probation Center, police said. The suspect’s charges could be upgraded as the investigation unfolds.
The second person arrested, also a teenager, was released without charges.
His uncle called Cortes “a natural leader” and said, “he was extremely excited uh and pumped about going to the army later in the year.”
“He had already signed up,” Cesar Diaz said. “That was his biggest thing and he was extremely focused in doing that.”