Texas girl shot dead on New Year’s Eve

Corpus Christi, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Two men have been arrested after a Corpus Christi girl was fatally shot on New Year’s Day.

Deonis Poindexter, 29, and Jacob Leal, 43, were arrested Jan. 2 on murder and gun charges, according to a Corpus Christi Police Department social media post.

At 00:01 on January 1, officers were sent to the 6600 block of Everhart Road in connection with the shooting. When police arrived, neighbors told police that the victim had been taken to the hospital by family members, police said.

The officers were later told that the child had died from his injuries.

On the same day, police identified two men who “illegally fired firearms in the direction of several residential buildings,” the police said.

On January 2, detectives received arrest warrants for Poindexter and Leal, and they were taken into custody.

According to a report by NBC affiliate KRIS 6 News, the girl was identified as 11-year-old Ambiste Silva.

The men were each given bail totaling $75,000, with police adding that their charges could be raised pending an investigation.

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