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Fort Worth woman said she held nephew's hand moments after he was fatally shot

Nathan Rubio's aunt said she held him on Saturday just before he was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Rubio was 16.
Nathan Rubio's aunt said she held him on Saturday just before he was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from an apparent gunshot wound. Rubio was 16. Family photo

A woman who said she held her nephew's hand moments after he was shot cannot believe the 16-year-old is gone.

Nathan Rubio of Fort Worth was found lying in the street in the 100 block of Beach Street by officers responding to a shooting call shortly after midnight on Saturday, according to authorities.

Local homicide detectives are trying to determine what led to the 16-year-old's death.

Roxanne Hernandez, 40, said she had returned from graduation ceremonies for another family member but left her home with her two daughters to get something to eat.

One of her daughters saw Rubio in the street and called out to her as she was driving, Hernandez said.

The family hurriedly parked and rushed out of the car, she said.

"He tilted his head and tried to look up at me, and I told him that he needed to be still," Hernandez said. "I called my sister and another nephew and told them to come."

Hernandez said Rubio kept trying to speak and trying to pick himself off the ground. Hernandez said she told him again to be still and that he would be OK.

Rubio squeezed her hand but let go as he continued to try to get up from the ground, Hernandez said.

"I told him his mom was on her way, but the ambulance and the police got there before they did," Hernandez said. "He did not get a chance to speak with her because they put him in the ambulance right away."

Rubio was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital where he was pronounced dead about 12:55 a.m., the Tarrant County medical examiner's office reported.

Rubio loved family cookouts, when everyone could be together, the most, Hernandez said. Rubio liked to have fun and family and music, those were the things that were important to him, Hernandez said.

"This is something you wish would never happen," Hernandez said. "I hate seeing my sister like this. My niece is only 6 and she is just heartbroken."

Detectives continue to investigate, police said.

The family has established a GoFundMe page to defray funeral expenses.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3

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