Long Beach family mourning after 15-year-old family member killed trying to buy cellphone off online marketplace

A 15-year-aged boy was fatally shot on Friday evening when he organized to fulfill with the seller of a cellphone through an on-line cell marketplace. 

The capturing took position just before 9:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of By using Wanda, the place the boy and the seller had planned to satisfy to full the transaction. 

When Extended Seashore Police Section officers arrived, they uncovered the 15-calendar year-old boy, suffering from many gunshot wounds to the higher physique. 

Authorities identified him Saturday early morning as Joshua Simmons. He was pronounced lifeless at the scene. 

CBS reporters spoke with users of the Simmons relatives Saturday night, who have been grieving the reduction of their beloved one particular fewer than 24 hrs soon after he was tragically killed.

They gathered on the basketball court docket where by the incident is claimed to have happened.

“I never really feel like anyone warrants to go out like that – by itself,” claimed Destiny Clark, Simmons’ sister. “No person by his facet, no person there to maintain him or allow him know it is okay.”

She ongoing to be aware how Simmons was, “A peaceful person until you obtained to know him. He was shy, goofy and athletic,” with a enthusiasm for football and basketball. 

“He experienced a kind demeanor,” said Jayquawn Clark, Simmon’s older brother.

That unhappiness is mixed with anger, at how a single blunder can influence a younger person’s existence in these a way, mentioning how effortless it was for an underage individual to fulfill up with an adult. 

“Younger folks should not be capable to connect with these more mature folks that are striving to market a thing,” explained Simmons’ grandmother, Donna Yates. “Younger persons, you have to realize, you really don’t go into the dark to make no buys.”

They exposed that he was just a few months away from celebrating his 16th birthday.

As they investigated the deadly capturing, authorities had been contacted by the male suspect who admitted to his involvement. 

He was detained a brief time later in Extended Beach, and authorities took custody of the firearm in his possession.

The suspect has been determined as 24-12 months-previous Los Angeles resident Jose Bustamante Cardenas. He was booked on one depend of murder was currently being held on $2 million bail.