PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – More than three weeks after the shooting death of 15-year-old Achilles Lopez, the girlfriend of the teen’s father has been arrested on a felony charge of manslaughter with a firearm, Pembroke Pines police said Tuesday.
Authorities took 24-year-old Francy Marcos, of Miami Gardens, into custody at the Broward Main Jail, police said.
A friend of Lopez’s, who was with him just before the shooting at a Pembroke Pines home June 11, said he became so frightened with how Marcos was handling the gun that he left the house just moments before she fired the fatal shot.
Police described the shooting as accidental.
A neighbor, who did not wish to be identified, reacted to Marcos’ arrest Wednesday.
“I know a lot of people are in shock and devastated,” she said.
Marcos bonded out of jail overnight.
Editor’s note: While it was initially reported that, based on accounts from relatives and neighbors, Marcos was the victim’s stepmother, Pembroke Pines Police clarified Wednesday that “the suspect was in a relationship with the victim’s father at the time of the incident. They are not related to the victim, as was initially believed in our initial investigation.”