SURPRISE, AZ - A 14-year-old boy who was shot at a Surprise home Thursday afternoon has died at the hospital, according to officials.
Surprise Police Department spokesman Mark Ortega said Juan Vergara was taken off life support early Friday.
A 14-year-old male who was arrested Thursday night and charged with aggravated assault in connection with the shooting will now be charged with one count of negligent homicide, Ortega said.
Vergara was shot in the head at a home near Bell and Reems roads around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Officials said there was an adult and two teens at the home when the shooting occurred and that the teen that was shot did not live at the home.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident.
Monday would have been Juan's 15th birthday.
His friends gathered at a Surprise park to celebrate the day with a remembrance of his life, letting dozens of green balloons into the hot afternoon air after singing happy birthday to him.
Juan's friends say green was his favorite color.
Of the event, Juan’s older brother David Moreno said it moved the family very much to see so many people showing their support.
A memorial fund in Juan’s name has been set up. You can donate at any Wells Fargo location.
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