1 convicted in murder of 13-year-old

Victor Garay (June 3, 2014).

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A teenager has been found guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of a Kalamazoo middle-schooler.

Sixteen-year-old Victor Garay was convicted Friday on all four counts against him: first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and a pair of firearms charges.

Michael Day. (Undated courtesy photo)
(Undated courtesy photo of Michael Day.)

Authorities say Garay killed 13-year-old Michael Day with a shotgun in May. They say shots were fired following arguments and fights between rival neighborhood gangs.

Co-defendant Octavius Snell was acquitted Friday of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony. The 24-year-old was convicted on a pair of weapons charges for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

A third person, 18-year-old Rashad Perez, also faces charges of open murder, conspiracy to commit murder and felony firearms in Michael Day’s death. His case has not yet been decided.

Left to right: Rashad Perez and Octavius Snell. (June 2, 2014)
(Left to right: Perez and Snell.)

Garay is expected to be back in court on Nov. 7. Snell will be sentenced Nov. 10.

24 Hour News 8 contributed to this report.

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