HCSO: 16-year-old shot, killed in NW Houston

Lights atop a police cruiser flash at the scene of a crime in this undated file image.
Lights atop a police cruiser flash at the scene of a crime in this undated file image. (KPRC/File)

HOUSTON – A 16-year-old was shot and killed in northwest Houston, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

On Friday, at approximately 6:45 p.m., Harris County Sheriff’s Office patrol units were dispatched to the 11000 block of Smokehollow Drive in reference to a shooting. The 911 caller stated to dispatchers that he had accidentally shot someone at the location.

When responding deputies arrived at the scene, they located a 16-year-old victim with a gunshot wound to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies also located Alexander Valenzuela at the scene. Also at the scene was Valenzuela’s sister, who had arrived at the location at the same time as the deputies and rushed inside the house, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies detained both Valenzuela and his sister at the scene.

Homicide Investigators said Valenzuela was uncooperative and noted multiple inconsistencies in his explanation as to how the victim was shot.

Investigators said physical evidence at the scene did not support the possibility of an accidental shooting. Valenzuela’s sister was also interviewed by investigators and gave a different account of the incident that she had received from her brother, apparently prior to him calling 911, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Following interviews with both Valenzuela and Valenzuela sister, the case was presented to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and Valenzuela was charged with the murder of the victim.

Investigators said the victim and Valenzuela are believed to have been in a dating relationship.

An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.


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Briana Zamora-Nipper joined the KPRC 2 digital team as a community associate producer in 2019. During her time in H-Town, she's covered everything from fancy Houston homes to tropical storms. Previously, she worked at Austin Monthly Magazine and KAGS TV, where she earned a Regional Edward R. Murrow award for her work as a digital producer.