DA: Boy, 13, charged in fatal shooting of 12-year-old sister inside Collegeville home

A 13-year-old boy is facing third-degree murder and related charges in the shooting death of his 12-year-old sister inside a Collegeville home, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

Officers from the Upper Providence Township Police Department were called to Larchwood Court around 8 a.m. for reports of a shooting inside a residence. 

The investigation found that the mother of the children asked her son to go outside to her car to get a 9mm handgun that was legally registered to her. The home surveillance video recovered by detectives shows the shooting. 

According to investigators, the video shows the 13-year-old boy entering the house with a handgun. Seconds later, while the boy had the gun pointed in 12-year-old Jasiyah Vasquez's direction it discharged and she collapsed, investigators said.

Investigators say Jasiyah was found in the living room with a single gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead shortly after officers arrived, according to police. 

An autopsy performed Friday determined the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the chest and ruled it to be a homicide.

According to DA Kevin Steele, despite the child's age, Pennsylvania law requires that they charge the boy in adult criminal court.

The investigation is ongoing.



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