Two People, ages 11 & 19, Dead in Murder-Suicide

By: 13 News Email
By: 13 News Email

More details about a pair of shootings in Topeka. Police now say a 19-year old man shot an eleven-year old boy and then went and turned the gun on himself. Both victims died overnight. 13's Lindsay Shively went back to the neighborhood today.

It's a case of unanswered questions.Police say we may never know why 19-year-old Jose Cardona shot 11-year old Aldo Meneses and then took his own life.

Jorge Hernandez says a gunshot at his home around 6:30 last night got him out of bed. "When i wake up, i go outside and the little boy was already on the floor."

Hernandez says three little boys, including 11-year old Aldo Meneses, were playing outside at 1916 SE Michigan. That's when 19-year old Jose Cardona and a friend pulled up in their car, and the boys came up to their window.

From there, neither police nor Hernandez know how or why the gun went off, killing Aldo."There's really apparently no motives here...there's some facts that we're probably never going to know."

"He tried to play to them with a gun and that's not right." Police say they do believe alcohol was a factor. The driver of the car told police the shooting was an accident, and fifteen minutes later, in the passenger seat...Cardona shot himself in the head.

Meneses and Cardona were pronounced dead at local hospitals. A situation that has this neighbor, a mother herself, worried. "It just makes me wonder because that could have been my son."

Hernandez told us Cardona frequented his home a lot, and one of Cardona's younger brothers had been with Meneses when it happened.
Police are still investigating this crime and ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 785-234-0007.


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