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Parents of teen shooting suspect charged by police

ASHEBORO — Asheboro Police says they have charged both parents of the 16-year-old suspect in the fatal shooting of Pedro Ortiz-Perez with helping the suspect avoid arrest.

On May 23rd, the Asheboro Police Department obtained warrants for the mother and father of the 16-year-old suspect in the fatal shooting of Pedro Ortiz-Perez, for aiding the suspect in evading arrest.

Pedro Ortiz-Perez, a 16-year-old, who attended Southwest Randolph High School and played on the soccer team, was critically injured in a shooting near North Asheboro Park on May 3rd. He remained in critical condition at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill until he succumbed to his injuries and passed away on May 15th. In a statement following the shooting, police said they did not believe Ortiz-Perez was the intended target.

Pedro Ortiz-Perez playing for Southwest Randolph High School in a game in Randleman. (PJ Ward-Brown / North State Journal)

The suspect, another 16-year-old, was arrested in Statesville, N.C. on May 10th and is facing charges of attempted murder, discharging a firearm into a vehicle, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill / inflicting serious injury. The Asheboro Police Department said they planned to present upgraded charges to the Grand Jury for indictment later this month.

On May 24th, in a press release, the Department says they have charged both parents of the suspect with felony counts of accessory after the fact.

The mother, Denisse Vera- Covarrubias, age 43, was located at her home. She was taken into custody and then transported to the Randolph County Jail where she was charged with accessory after the fact and issued a $25,000 secured bond.

The father, Alfredo Martinez Ramirez, age 38, turned himself in at the Randolph County Jail and was also charged accessory after the fact and issued a $30,000 secured bond.