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What happened in Tombstone? 15-year-old home intruder shot, family wants answers

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What happened in Tombstone? 15-year-old home intruder shot, family wants answers

CREATED Oct 8, 2012

Reporter: Marcelino Benito

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tombstone is still reeling after a weekend officer-involved shooting. 

"This is Tombstone," Brent Grucella said. "This stuff doesn't happen here."

No one knows exactly what happened at a home on the 2100 block of Camino San Rafael early Saturday morning.

"Pa, pa, pa, pa, pa, that' s what happened," Grucella said.

Grucella heard the shots. He called 911. Tombstone Marshals said they were forced to open fire on a 15-year-old boy. They said he broke into a home and had a gun.

But on the other side of the town too tough to die, the family of that 15-year-old boy told a different story.

"He would never get a gun and try to break into a home and hurt someone, he wasn't that type of kid," said his uncle Robert Molina.

Family members spent the day at Tombstone Cemetery digging their son's grave by hand, stone by stone.

"He was harmless, you know. I can't even talk about it."

It's a tough time for a family who wants answers about what happened. They want to know why they have to bury their 15-year-old son. They said he was a good kid -- not perfect, but with a huge heart, who didn't deserve to die.

"Somehow they thought he was an intruder, and they shot him," Molina said. "I think it was wrong, they should have never done that, they could have gone a different way, but they chose to kill him instead."

The family said they haven't even had a chance to ID their son's body yet. Because Tombstone is such a small town, rumors are running rampant about what happened. The family is urging everyone to reserve judgment until the investigation is completed.

KGUN9 did reach out to the Cochise County Sheriff's Department for an update on the investigation Monday. A spokeswoman says there's nothing new to report, but the investigation is ongoing.