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Teenager shot, killed after drug deal gone awry in Tooele

Posted at 4:49 PM, Apr 01, 2023

TOOELE, Utah — Four people have been arrested on various charges after a teenager was shot and killed in Tooele early Saturday morning.

According to Tooele City Police, the incident stemmed from an arrangement between two parties to meet up and purchase THC cartridges. Police said 25-year-old Deyvis Velasquez-Galeas and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Maricela Raburn, arrived outside the Pit Stop Bar and Grill on Broadway Street along with their 4-month-old baby in the car around 12:30 a.m.

A teenager approached their car and got in the back seat. Velasquez-Galeas told police that another teenage boy then approached with a rifle in hand. Velasquez-Galeas said he felt threatened, so he pulled out his handgun and pointed it at the teens. A third teen then allegedly opened the car door and lunged at Velasquez-Galeas, who shot the 17-year-old.

The teen was taken to a Salt Lake area hospital but ultimately died from his injuries.

Raburn's account of what happened matched what Velasquez-Galeas said, according to police. They were both booked on suspicion of murder, endangerment of a child, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and felony discharge of a firearm.

Court documents state that Velasquez-Galeas and Raburn "were not justified in defending themselves while they were committing a felony, and by bringing their baby along they placed it in danger, knowing they were committing a crime with great risk."

They are both being held without bail.

The other two teens involved in the incident, ages 17 and 15, were arrested for aggravated robbery and booked into juvenile detention. They were not publicly identified because they are minors.

The deceased victim's name has not been released.