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Friend of slain Forest Hill teen arrested in killing

Girlfriend mourns shooting death in Forest Hill

Christian Rhodes, 17, was found shot to death at a house in Forest Hill Sunday night. His girlfriend, Breeanna Landin-Young, talked on Tuesday about her boyfriend at the scene. Forest Hill officials had yet to provide any information about Rhodes'
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Christian Rhodes, 17, was found shot to death at a house in Forest Hill Sunday night. His girlfriend, Breeanna Landin-Young, talked on Tuesday about her boyfriend at the scene. Forest Hill officials had yet to provide any information about Rhodes'

A friend of a Forest Hill teenager who was fatally shot Sunday night surrendered Wednesday after a murder warrant was issued for his arrest, police said.

Miguel Calderon Jr., 18, of Forest Hill, is accused of shooting Christian Rhodes, 17.

Calderon arrived at the Forest Hill police station shortly before noon Wednesday accompanied by an attorney, police Capt. Jerry Cozby, a department spokesman, said in a news release.

No other suspects are being sought, Cozby said in a phone interview.

“He is expected to be charged with murder,” Cozby said.

Calderon was in the Forest Hill jail Wednesday night with bail set at $100,000.

Rhodes’ family members and girlfriend described Calderon as one of Rhodes’ best friends.

“I have a million mixed emotions right now,” said Troylisa Jackson of Dallas, Rhodes’ grandmother. “Why?”

Cozby declined to comment on a possible motive.

Rhodes was found dead about 10 p.m. in a house in the 4100 block of Bowling Green Street.

“Someone in the house called 911,” Cozby said.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office had not reported its ruling on the cause and manner of Rhodes’ death by Wednesday evening.

Police did not identify the house where Rhodes was found, but neighbors and Rhodes’ girlfriend, Breeanna Aline Landin-Young, said it was where the Calderon family had been staying.

“I’m not surprised at all,” said Landin-Young, 19, of Forest Hill, when told of Calderon’s arrest. She and her family live directly across the street from the Calderon family. “He always had guns in the house.”

Landin-Young said Rhodes was visiting Calderon Sunday night.

Rhodes and his family had moved out of Forest Hill, but the teen had returned to live with an aunt near Bowling Green Street, Landin-Young said.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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