FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - East Point police have arrested a man they believe was involved in the deadly shooting of a 15-year-old boy on Sunday. Yahsell Gable was charged with Murder on Tuesday, according to police.
Gable is accused by police of shooting Alan Molina just days before he was set to graduate 8th grade.
"This isn't right. It's not supposed to be this way. We should be planning his graduation party, not a funeral for a 15-year-old boy," said Alan's sister-in-law, Alicia Molina.
East Point police detectives said the Paul D. West Middle School student was shot at a home on Pearl Street, just a block away from his home near Washington Road. He was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died shortly after the early afternoon shooting.
“He was such a respectful young man. He greeted all of the adults along here he with "Mr." and "Mrs." He didn't get in trouble. Everybody loved Alan, so for this to happen to him it's tragic. He was one of our favorite children on the block," said neighbor Cierra Johnson, who lives across the street from the home where the 15-year-old was raised.
“He had these little cheeks that you just wanted to kiss. He was just a loveable kid,” said neighbor Cierra Johnson.
Molina grew up along Pearl Street and was clearly a gem to his neighbors. Family, neighbors, and classmates remembered Molina as someone who was respectful, loved to make people laugh, and loved sports.
Johnson described Alan as one of the gems of Pearl Street. Loved ones told FOX 5 he was loved to make the sisters, nieces, and nephews laugh and looked forward to hanging out with friends this Summer.
He had these little cheeks that you just wanted to kiss. He was just such a lovable kid. This should not have happened and we want answers," said Alicia Molina.
Family, neighbors & classmates devasted by shooting of 15 year old Alan Molina. East Point boy was supposed to graduate from 8th grade Wed. pic.twitter.com/l3WWYHGOqE— Portia Bruner (@PortiaFOX5) May 22, 2017
There is no word yet on the motive and what led up to the deadly encounter.