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Boy Killed On 15th Birthday On Bridgeport Street

June 28, 1988

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A boy was shot and killed on his 15th birthday during a gun battle that erupted after he intervened in a robbery of two boys by two teen-agers, police said.

Heriberto Marquez, 16, who was shot in the right leg, was arrested and charged with murder Sunday, police said. His bond was set at $250,000, police said.

The victim was identified as Miguel Reyes, who was wounded by a single gunshot early Sunday. Marquez told police that Reyes wounded him in the leg, authorities said.

Inspector Anthony Fabrizzi said Monday that police are still searching for another youth.

Lt. Michael Kozlowsky said two boys, ages 12 and 13, were approached by two teen-agers with guns early Sunday. One of the boys was searched and $7 was found, he said. His money was not taken and his companion fled, Kozlowsky said.

Police said a witness told them Reyes, who also had a gun, told the robbers to leave the boy alone.

″Gunfire then erupted and four to eight shots were fired,″ Sgt. Michael DeCarlo said.

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