Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Jordyn Alexander Howe shoots fellow student on school bus

Jordyn Alexander Howe pulled a gun from his backpack and displayed it on a school bus, police said. It went off, killing a 13-year-old girl.

Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus hopped onto her bus Tuesday morning, but never made it to school.

The cheery 13-year-old, who loved music, dancing and art, was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow student who had carried a gun onto the school bus.

Miami-Dade police late Tuesday charged 15-year-old Jordyn Alexander Howe with manslaughter and carrying a concealed firearm.

On the way to school Tuesday, Jordyn pulled the gun out of his backpack and displayed it, according to an arrest affidavit. The gun went off once, striking Lourdes in the neck.

She was flown to Miami Children’s Hospital, where she died. No one else was injured.

Lourdes and her younger sister were among eight students on the private bus bound for three Homestead area charter schools: Palm Glades Preparatory Academy, where Lourdes was a student; Summerville Advantage Academy, which her sister attended; and Jordyn’s school, Somerset Silver Palms.

The shooting occurred about 6:45 a.m. as the bus was traveling at Southwest 296th Street and 137th Avenue in Homestead, according to Miami-Dade police. The gun was recovered at the scene.

An 11-year-old girl on the bus immediately used her cellphone to call her mother.

“I’m very lucky she was OK,’’ her mother told reporters at the scene.

Other parents flocked to Palm Glades to pick up their children. Grief counselors were also at the school.

Jordyn was taken to Miami-Dade police headquarters where he provided a sworn statement, the affidavit said. On Tuesday night, he was taken to Miami-Dade Juvenile Assessment Center.

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