The suspect wanted in Friday’s fatal and apparently accidental shooting in Pompano Beach turned himself in Wednesday, authorities said.
Adiel Jaramillo, 20, surrendered to Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives, accompanied by his lawyer, the BSO said in a statement.
He has been charged with manslaughter, evidence tampering and felony possession of a firearm for his role in the fatal shooting of Michael Cornelio, 19, the BSO said.
Jaramillo is being held at the Broward County Main Jail, online jail records said.
The victim's parents, Helen and Vinny Cornelio, and detectives made a plea to the public Wednesday afternoon to encourage Jaramillo to turn himself in.
"You shot my son, and you left him there to die, but claim he was your homeboy, and you have yet to turn yourself in," said Helen Cornelio, whose crying eyes were hidden behind sunglasses. "If you have a conscience, if you have anything, turn yourself in."
Cornelio was shot while hanging out with three friends at 428 SW 2nd Place Apt. 4 in Pompano Beach Friday afternoon. The shooting may have happened as Jaramillo played recklessly with a handgun, the BSO has said.
The Cornelios insisted Jaramillo's careless handling of the gun caused their son's death.
"That kid Adiel came over, and he had a gun, and he said, 'look what I just bought,'" Helen Cornelio recounted.
According to the Cornelios, one of the people in the apartment told Jaramillo to put the gun away, and one even made a move to take it, before it fired and struck the 19-year-old once.
BSO detectives said they believe that as Michael Cornelio lay dying on the floor, Jaramillo wiped his prints off the weapon, then ran from the second-floor apartment on foot. He is a known gang member with a criminal history, according to the BSO.
Though Cornelio had run-ins with the law too, including arrests for drug possession and theft, his family will remember him for much more.
"He was a great kid. Always helping others. Helping anyone he came across," his mother remembered.
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