A 36-year-old man from Salem, Oregon, Pedro Segura, has been charged with the murder of a high school student’s shooting death, as well as three counts of unlawful use of a weapon, riot and being a felon in possession of a weapon.
According to authorities, the high school student, identified as Alfredo “Junior” Hernandez, died in late January after being shot in the head and reportedly died at the scene. At the time of the shooting, police held an overnight investigation but were unable to name the shooter.
The boy’s mother, Dawn Hernandez, had reportedly been shopping during the time of the shooting, later giving the following statement, according to The Statesman’s Journal:
“I burst into tears right there in the middle of Target…We have been praying for justice, so it’s a relief that he has been caught.”
“I’m going to learn how to live with the grief, and my mind is very focused on my older son. He still needs a mom.”
“We ache on a daily basis for Junior, and it’s probably just our new normal now.”
Segura was later arrested for the shooting in early February and has since been kept at the Marion County Jail.
A GoFundMe account was later developed for the family, currently raising nearly $9,500 of its $10,000 goal.
Who is Pedro Segura?
Segura already has a past record: he was convicted in 2000 of carrying or use of a dangerous weapon, second-degree disorderly conduct in 2007, first-degree burglary and being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2008.
Segura is currently being held on $500,000 bail at the local prison. For the time being, it is unclear if he had an attorney during his trial.
Upon hearing of Segura’s indictment, Dawn personally fears that her Segura will not be found guilty of the charges and was told the court proceedings could last for one to two years:
“I thought it would help bring some closure. It hasn’t…I daily still will momentarily forget and think, you know, ‘Where is he?’ or I’ll think he’s going to walk in the door anytime.”
Segura is scheduled for arraignment at 8:30 AM. on Feb. 20 at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex.