Student accused of shooting girl on school bus to be tried as adult

 

mlamagna@MiamiHerald.com

The teen accused of accidentally shooting a fellow student on a Homestead area school bus will be tried as an adult.

Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus was killed just before Thanksgiving on the way to school from her South Miami-Dade home.

The suspect in the shooting, 15-year-old Jordyn Howe, is being transferred to the Miami-Dade County Jail from house arrest.

With Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Orlando Prescott presiding, the state attorney’s office revealed Wednesday that it would move the case against Jordyn into adult court, despite his age. His first court appearance will be Thursday for a bond hearing.

Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus, whose nickname was “Jina,” was killed when Jordyn took a .40-caliber pistol out of his backpack on the school bus taking kids to three charter schools in South Miami-Dade. The gun went off, a bullet striking Lourdes in the neck.

The shooting occurred as the bus was near Southwest 296th Street and 137th Avenue. Lourdes, a student at Palm Glades Preparatory Academy, was shot in front of her 7-year-old sister.

Yet another tragedy befell the family in late December when Lourdes’ father took his own life.

Jordyn, a student at Somerset Academy Silver Palms, will face formal charges in the school bus shooting on Jan. 28 that include manslaughter, carrying a concealed firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor.

After Wednesday’s hearing, Lourdes’ mother, Ady Guzman-DeJesus, was visibly upset and shaky, but said she was satisfied.

Her attorney, Ron Book, said the set of adult charges fits the crime.

A juvenile detention center is “not where this young man belongs,” he said. “This is a 15-year-old man who knew exactly what he was doing with a handgun.”

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