14-year-old boy arrested in fatal shooting in Kennewick

Kennewick police said the shooting left one man dead at the scene of a crash, The victim was identified as Julian Chavez, 19.
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KENNEWICK – The Kennewick Police Department arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with an active homicide investigation.

According to information released by the police department Wednesday, the boy has been taken to the Benton-Franklin Juvenile Justice Center and is facing a 1st degree murder charge.

The shooting happened October 29.

KPD officers responded to the 1100 block of West 5th Avenue after people reported hearing shots being fired around 9:15 p.m.

Officers said they found a car crashed into parked vehicle. Inside one of the cars was a man, later identified as Julian Chavez, 19.

They said Chavez had been shot and died at the scene.

On Wednesday, investigators with the Kennewick Police Department said they had identified a 14-year-old boy as a suspect in the case.

The boy was arrested at a home in the 1100 block of West 5th Avenue.

It was the third shooting that happened in Kennewick between October 28 and October 29 and is the 15th homicide in Benton County so far this year.

Chavez’s family has raised nearly $5,000 in a GoFundMe for his funeral expenses. According to the fundraiser, Chavez was saving up money to go to barber school.