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Family relieved after teen arrested for murder near convenience store

Joyce Lupiani & Stacey Gualandi

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Family relieved after teen arrested for murder near convenience store

By Joyce Lupiani & Stacey Gualandi. CREATED Mar 11, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An arrest has been made for the murder of the man killed close to a convenience store on March 1 near 21st Street and Elm Avenue.

18-year-old Alan Sosa is being charged with murder with use of a deadly weapon for the murder of 27-year-old Juan Cervantes.

He is also being charged with attempted murder in connection with Christine Mata and carrying a concealed firearm.

The arrest comes as relief for the victim's family.

"In my heart, I knew we were going to find them. There was no doubt in my mind. This is a small city we live in, and I knew if they were still here, we would find them," said Noel Mata, victim's mother-in-law.

The shooting happened after a confrontation between the victim and a group of people.

According to a police report, the suspect first shot at Mata and missed and then shot Cervantes multiple times.

A witness told police that it appeared Mata started the fatal fight by shoving someone after the initial confrontation. However, another witness did not see that happen.

Police were able to locate the suspect by showing photos around the neighborhood. Someone was able to identify him and provide police with additional information. Another person also left information about the suspect on the homicide section's answering machine.

In addition, police were also able to collect information about Sosa through Facebook, including photos of him with various weapons and information about his associates.

"I see my daughter suffer every day that she lost her husband. I will not have grandkids now, because of this. It's a tragedy," said Noel.

Sosa was arrested on March 10 and booked into the Clark County Detention Center.