Teenager Is Tucson’s First Homicide of 2008



Derreck Burrus (Courtesy photo) 

 By Tracie Morales

A 16-year-old boy walking home from a movie theater was fatally shot at 12:30 a.m. Saturday in front of a church at 1930 S. Wilmot Road on Tucson’s Southeast side, a Police Department spokesman said.

The boy, Derreck Burruss, and two friends had left the Park Place Theater when a suspect armed with a handgun approached the group in front of a bus stop about 1.5 miles away, near the Eastside Assembly of God Church, said the spokesman, Sgt. Fabian Pacheco.

Burruss was taken to University Medical Center, where he died. The police would not say where on his body he had been shot. The two friends, who were not injured, fled the scene.

The shooting was Tucson’s first homicide of the year. Last year, the city recorded 88 homicides. Murder Scene

Derreck Burruss, 16, was shot near a bus stop in front of the Eastside Assembly of God Church. (Roxana Vasquez/NYT Institute)

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