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Two teens to face capital murder charges after January robbery led to deadly shooting, affidavit says

A 27-year-old man was shot and killed just a few days into the new year.

SAN ANTONIO — Brand new developments in the murder of an aspiring nurse. Two teens are charged in the 27-year's old death. San Antonio Police said they tried to rob Patrick Zavala before shooting and killing him in his own car. On Wednesday, the second suspect was arrested one day after the first arrest. Since January, investigators have been collecting evidence like fingerprints and social media posts.

According to an arrest affidavit police tracked down the teens through social media posts including Instagram messages. Police also say, near the crime scene, surveillance video caught the suspects saying something incriminating.

Paulette Torres and Isabel Aldaba spoke with KENS 5. Torres is Zavala's sister and Aldaba was his best friend.

"It was hard," Torres said. I loved him so much. When he passed away that is when it hurt. It hurt so much."

On January 3, the 27-year-old student, at Southern Career Institute, was found in his truck which police thought was just involved in a crash on Ingram Road. Investigators later realized Zavala had been shot. He died at the hospital.

"The hurt is still there,"Aldaba said. He is not here."

For two months his best friend and family wondering who could do this and why. Come March, San Antonio Police made two arrests. Kevin Luna, 18, who claimed his innocence in handcuffs. Derrick Sentmore,17, is also charged with capital murder.

"He had all the things life could offer ahead of him and they took that," the best friend said.

Investigators said the two suspects met with Zavala in his truck, but couldn't say why. Police say the duo tried to rob him. The three got into a fight and that's when police say the suspects shot the 27-year-old.

Now, Zavala’s family and friends are working on forgiveness.

"And I know Patrick would forgive them," Aldaba said.

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