REVERE — To his friends, 18-year-old Andres Jaramillo was a “sweetheart” and a “shoulder to cry on.”
So when word started circulating Friday on social media that he had been shot dead on a Revere street, some said they found themselves at a loss to make sense of what happened to the Chelsea resident.
“I don’t think he deserved it all,” said Karina Garcia, an 18-year-old Chelsea High School student. “He was way too young.”
But court records also indicated a troubled side to Jaramillo, who was facing a March court date in connection with an alleged assault on his former girlfriend last fall.
Revere police found the teen at about 2 a.m. Friday suffering from fatal injuries inside a vehicle on Garfield Avenue, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said in a statement. Conley spokesman Jake Wark said the victim was Jaramillo.
The road is a residential street that runs along tracks on the MBTA’s Blue Line near Revere Beach. Jaramillo was found near the intersection with Centennial Avenue — the other end of the street from Garfield Elementary School.
No arrests have been made.
Some Chelsea High students said Jaramillo had re-enrolled there in September. Schools Superintendent Mary M. Bourque said federal law prohibited her from saying whether he was a student.
Jaramillo lived in a two-family home on Chester Avenue in Chelsea where the front door was festooned with Valentine’s Day decorations. His stepfather, Erick Burgos, stood on the front steps Friday afternoon speaking with two men. He declined to comment for this article.
Another Chelsea High student, Nya Gaskill, 15, said she learned of Jaramillo’s death from his stepsister, who broke the news to her in a text message. He had younger twin stepsisters, Paola and Paulette, said Gaskill, who added that she had seen Jaramillo when she visited his house last weekend.
“Why would they do something like that to him?” Gaskill asked. “It’s sad.”
His friends said Jaramillo often walked around with headphones, and that he liked to wear baggy pants, thermal shirts, and hooded sweatshirts. He had an imposing physical presence, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 225 pounds, court records show.
At the time of his death, Jaramillo was being prosecuted for domestic assault and battery and larceny over $250, according to Chelsea District Court records. He was to return to court March 15.
The charges were filed Nov. 12 after his ex-girlfriend said Jaramillo grabbed her by the hair and ripped one of her pant legs down the middle during a dispute at the Registry of Motor Vehicles branch in Revere, according to a police report filed in court. During the encounter, Jaramillo allegedly stole the woman’s cellphone. A telephone number for the ex-girlfriend was not working Friday afternoon.
On Garfield Avenue, where Jaramillo was found, no signs of violence were evident by the time students filed into the nearby school Friday morning for classes.
Antonio Valdez, who has lived on the street for five years, said in the middle of the night he heard gunfire and someone yelling, “Don’t move! Don’t move! Don’t move!”
He said he did not get out of bed to see what was happening because he was “so nervous.”
Later in the morning, he said, he saw glass shards from what he thought was a car window in the street.
“Maybe I have to move,” said Valdez, who said he has two young children. “I have babies here.”
Saadia Khalfane, another resident, said she heard gunfire and her husband heard yelling. After getting up in the morning, she said, she saw police officers taking photographs in the street.
She described her neighborhood as “quiet.”
“We were, like, scared,” Khalfane said. “You never know when you have kids. It’s very hard. It’s crazy.”
Revere Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli and Conley urged anyone with information on the incident to contact the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit at 617-727-8817 or Revere police detectives at 781-286-8340.Laura Crimaldi can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @lauracrimaldi.