Teen faces murder charges in shooting death


Brandon Reyes was murdered, police say, yet his father doesn't feel anger.

He can't be angry, he said, because the person police say is responsible for his 17-year-old son's death, John Stamm, was also his son's best friend. And Stamm told police it was an accident.

"Right now I'm just numb," said Angelo Reyes, reached by phone Thursday. "I know the kid. He used to come to our house, he ate dinner at my table. Honestly, I don't know how I feel about it. We (the family) just have a lot of sadness."

Stamm, 18, was arrested on murder charges Tuesday after he told police he accidentally shot Brandon Reyes with a shotgun.

According to a Las Vegas police arrest report, Reyes arrived at Stamm's residence at 300 View Drive, near Jones Boulevard and Alta Drive, about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Stamm told police he had hidden a 12-gauge shotgun Reyes loaned him inside a fireplace. The previous day, Reyes' brother came to the home to give him ammunition, Stamm told police.

After Reyes' arrival, they went into the backyard of the residence to smoke marijuana and "snort some type of pill" in a shed, Stamm told police.

Stamm took the shotgun from the fireplace to the shed, the report said. Stamm told Reyes he now "has something if someone were to come messing with him," the report said.

As a joke, Stamm pointed the gun in Reyes' direction, he told police, when the gun accidentally discharged. Stamm tossed the weapon away and ran inside the house to call 911. He also told his girlfriend what happened, the report said.

Stamm told police he did not intend to shoot Reyes and "wasn't sure the shotgun was even loaded."

When police officers and paramedics arrived, Reyes' body was found inside the shed, the shotgun on the floor, the report said. The Clark County coroner's office ruled that Reyes died from a shotgun wound to the abdomen. The death was ruled a homicide.

In a recorded interview, Stamm initially told police a different story, which he changed after being confronted with details at the scene, the report said.

"I'm devastated," Angelo Reyes said. "I'm trying to take care of my mom and working to keep it all together for us. "

 

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