Teens face murder charges in death of Galilea Samaniego, 5

Five teenagers face murder charges in the death of 5-year-old Galilea Samaniego, left inset. The adult suspect in the case, Sencheray Renee Hernandez, appears right inset. (Victim’s photo from her obituary; Suspect’s mugshot and picture of suspected vehicles in the homicide from Albuquerque Police Department)

Five teenagers face murder charges in the tragic drive-by shooting death of a 5-year-old girl hit in the head by a rifle bullet while she slept in the New Mexico mobile home trailer of her babysitter, whose grandson was the intended target in a long-running feud over a girl.

The teens face charges in the Aug. 13 killing of little Galilea Samaniego. Police have publicly identified one of them, an adult — Sencheray Renee Hernandez, 19. The others were her 17-year-old boyfriend, his 15-year-old brother, a second 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy. They were charged with an open count of murder, conspiracy, shooting at a dwelling or occupied building, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, police said in a news release.

Police said Hernandez admitted to being in one of the vehicles driven to the home when the shooting occurred, but she denied firing a weapon and declined to answer any further questions about the incident, police said. She faces a court hearing on Tuesday, online court records show.

A GoFundMe post for the girl captured the heartbreak.

“We never expected this to happen,” the post said. “Never thought my little baby would die this way. She was only 5 years old.”

Teens face murder charges in death of Galilea Samaniego, 5

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