Man wanted in shooting death of 16-year-old girl

By Sally Mamdooh

HOUSTON - A man is wanted by police after being charged in the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl this week outside a home in north Houston.

Irbin Vargas, 22, is charged with the murder.

Lourdes Sandoval was killed late Wednesday night near the corner of Casa Grande and Imperial Valley drives.

Houston police said someone who lives inside the home heard a gunshot and tires squealing. The person went outside and found Sandoval, 16, laying in the driveway, police said.

A makeshift memorial is now set up near 89 Casa Grande Drive, which marks the spot where Sandoval was shot was killed Wednesday night.

The sudden death of the teenager has left her family devastated and searching for answers.

“She was always a happy person. She liked to have her freedom and have fun," said Lourdes’ cousin, Eric.

On Friday, Houston police released the mugshot of Vargas, who is wanted for Sandoval’s death.

Family members said Vargas had been harassing Sandoval. Alejandra Garza, one of Sandoval’s cousins, said correspondence on social media between her cousin and Vargas paints a horrifying picture.

“He was obsessed with her. He showed her a picture of him pointing a gun to his head and he was saying I don't know what I would do without you,” said Garza.

But what's even more chilling, the family says, is another social media exchange where Vargas put a gun to Sandoval's head to force her to be with him.

"I just hope they catch this guy soon and we want justice,” said Eric.

Anyone with information about Vargas' whereabouts is asked to call Houston Police Department Homicide at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for Sandoval's funeral. Click here to donate.

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