Group accused of killing Albuquerque teen arraigned

Jaydon Chavez-Silver

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It was an emotional day in court Friday as the three men accused of killing a Manzano High School student were arraigned.

Christopher Cruz, Nicholas Gonzales and Donovan Maez are accused of a drive by shooting that killed Jaydon Chavez-Silver.

Police say Chavez-Silver was not the intended target and the three didn’t care who they shot that night as they sought revenge against someone else in the house.

The parents of Jaydon Chavez-Silver begged the judge to keep the three locked up on the highest bonds possible.

“They brag how they are savages and how they terrorize the city. That is not fair. They took my son and [I will] never get to see him,” said Nicole Chavez, Chavez-Silver’s mom. “So what is the value of my son’s life? No value for him, but I think at least $250,000 cash, if not more, is fair.”

After hearing from Jaydon’s family, the suspects’ attorneys argued the evidence against the three was hearsay.

“There’s nothing the court, me or the state can do to satisfy the immense tragedy that family is facing. However, if we are looking for justice for Jaydon, it does not come with keeping Maez in custody. Mr. Maez was not the one who caused this tragedy to happen to this family,” said the attorney for Donovan Maez.

State representative Stephanie Maez, the mother of Donovan Maez, was also in court Friday.

The judge ended up setting the bond for all three at $250,000 cash only. They all pleaded not guilty.

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