Murder of Diamond Alvarez: Frank Deleon Jr. is back in custody after violating his bail conditions

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — The 17-year-old friend of a teenager who was shot 22 times and killed in southwest Houston has violated his bail requirements and is back in custody, records show.

The video above is from a previous report.

Houston investigators believe 15-year-old Diamond Alvarez was shot and killed in her neighborhood park on Jan. 11 by her boyfriend, 17-year-old Frank DeLeon Jr. after she found out he was cheating, according to court documents.

In court, prosecutors said that when Deleon was arrested, a suitcase was found in his room filled with enough belongings for more than one night’s trip.

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Deleon posted his $250,000 bail Jan. 19 after being charged with Alvarez’s murder, according to court documents.

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According to family members, Deleon had a history of violent behavior against Alvarez, including slapping her in the face and pointing a gun at her.

The couple had been together for six or seven months and the relationship had recently ended, prosecutors said in court.

Under his bail terms, Deleon cannot have contact with anyone involved in the case, including the other alleged girlfriends, witnesses or their family members. He was granted house arrest with a GPS monitor.

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Records Monday showed Deleon violated curfew and is now back in custody in Harris County.

An online petition has collected more than 24,000 signatures. Houston advocacy group FIEL Houston also joined the family in their march for justice.

“We need to have a level playing field in our criminal justice system,” Cesar Espinosa, FIEL Houston’s executive director, said in a previous report.

Alvarez’s family argues that DeLeon Jr. should never have been given bail because he was found with luggage, and they believe that makes the suspect a flight risk.

“Why is he free? Is her life worth only $250,000? It’s worth a lot more to us because we don’t even get justice. He is free and lives in the same neighborhood as his mother’s family. So why is he free? ? The family was harassed. Why hasn’t he unbound yet? We demand justice for (Alvarez),” said Bianca Mejia, Alvarez’s aunt.

RELATED: ‘Justice for Diamond’: Family and community call for unbinding of 17-year-old murder suspect

NOTE: There were discrepancies with the victim’s age. HPD reported she was 16, but family members told ABC13 she was 15.

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