Nicolas Elizalde Bio – Nicolas Elizalde Wiki
Nicolas Elizalde’s life was cut short when what police say were five gunmen ambushed a group of students following a football scrimmage near Roxborough high school.
Nicolas Elizalde was 14 years old.
DETAIL OF INCIDENCE:
As gunfire erupted outside a Philadelphia high school on Tuesday, a mother picking up her son from football practice ran toward the bullets.
Speaking with WCAU-TV, Meredith Elizalde says she found her Nicolas Elizalde, bleeding from the chest and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.
“I heard the shooting start, and I didn’t know where he was, but inside as a mother, I knew it. I ran to the shots,” Elizalde recalled to the outlet. “I ran to the shots and couldn’t get him, but I held him and felt him leave. But I was holding him, and he wasn’t alone.”
The fast-acting mother called 911 as she cradled Nicolas’ lifeless body.
“I love you, and I’m here,” she reassured him, the station reports.
She says Nicolas was “the best son anyone could ever ask for, that he was so special, that he never hurt anyone or anything.”
“He was the most gentle soul I ever came across in my life,” Elizalde said. “I’ve always said it was like raising Gandhi.”
“There just isn’t a better, more pure human being on Earth, and that’s why God took him,” she told the outlet.
According to the Philadelphia Police Department, the shooting that killed Nicolas on Tuesday at Roxborough High School also injured four other students.
It is believed that Nicolas was not the intended target and was an innocent bystander, WCAU reports, citing police.
Now, detectives are searching for a group of four to five gunmen who they say ambushed the teens in the deadly quintuple shooting, a PPD news release reads.
Surveillance footage captured the gunmen, all dressed in black, exiting a light-coloured SUV, firing off multiple rounds at the group of teens.
Police believe the shooters may also be minors, according to the station.
The PPD is offering a $40,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects involved.
Those with knowledge of the case are urged to contact the homicide unit at (215) 686-3334.