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Teen-ager’s Apparent Suicide a Mystery to Family, Friends

April 23, 1986

LAREDO, Texas (AP) _ A 14-year-old boy apparently killed himself at the grave of his older brother, who died two years ago of a drug overdose, authorities said.

Cornelius Allen Trevino, described as a ″happy-go-lucky″ seventh-grader, was found Monday by a caretaker at the City Cemetery.

His older brother, Alejandro Trevino Jr., died of a drug overdose in 1984 when he was 21, authorities said.

A .25-caliber pistol was found at the gravesite, along with several bullets. The letters ″D″ and ″P″ and the outline of a heart were found on the grave, investigators said.

An autopsy was ordered.

″I don’t know why he went to my brother’s plot,″ said another brother, Charlie Trevino, 21. ″I was with him Saturday and there didn’t seem to be any problems.″

The teen-ager was last seen alive Saturday night by his girlfriend. He left his grandmother’s home late that night and never returned, his brother said.

Authorities believe he went to the cemetery Sunday night.

″He was a happy-go-lucky student,″ said Rodolfo Martinez, a social studies teacher at L.J. Christen Junior High School. ″He laughed. He talked. He always was with some boys and girls. This all took us by surprise.″

Cornelius was the youngest of six children born to a couple that divorced soon after his birth. Their grandmother, Trinidad G. Trevino, raised the children, Charlie Trevino said.

″We all took care of him a lot,″ he said. ″We all wanted the best for him. He was the baby.″

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