Phoenix PD: 18-year-old Jose Ruiz killed in robbery at Boost Mobile store

PHOENIX - Phoenix police are searching for at least one suspect in a cell phone store robbery that left an 18-year-old worker dead.

The robbery took place at Boost Mobile at Southern and 51st avenues around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, said Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump.

Police found out about it when someone called to report that although the store's lights were on and the door was opened, no one was inside.

Officers went to the store to check it out and discovered the victim, 18-year-old Jose Ruiz, dead behind the counter, Crump said.

He died from an apparent gunshot wound, he said.

"I can't believe it, nobody can, how can this happen to such a great person," said Ruiz's close friend Araceli Hernandez.

Crump said there was evidence of it being a robbery and that is believed to be the motive at this time.

Police are asking for any help in solving this case. Crump said there are currently no suspect descriptions.

Family of Ruiz told police that he had just graduated from high school in May, Crump said.

He was working two jobs at the cell phone store and was also a security guard at another business, Crump said.

"He (Jose) was also a great student at a community college and wanted to go to ASU and join the military," said Hernandez. "He was so amazing. We called him mister overachiever because everything he puts his mind to he does. You can't stop him from doing what he wants."

Ruiz was also the commander of his Junior ROTC. 

"Jose was the type that put you before himself because he's that good of a friend, a friend anybody could go to with anything and he'll help you," said Hernandez while crying.

Anyone who was in the area at the time is encouraged to call police at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS to remain anonymous.

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