9-Year-Old Girl Fatally Shot in Front of Dad on Valentine’s Day Is Laid To Rest

A funeral is underway for a 9-year-old Texas girl who was reportedly killed on Valentine’s Day by a robbery victim who claimed he was shooting at the man who robbed him.

KPRC reported that Arlene Alvarez’s funeral will take place at Grace Church Houston. While visitation is public, her interment will be private.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Alvarez and her family were on their way to eat dinner when Tony Earls, 41, shot at her father’s truck. Alvarez was wearing headphones and may not have heard her father’s warning to duck when she was fatally shot.

Earls allegedly told police that he was just robbed and he believed the suspect was in Alavarez’s truck. Police said Earls and his wife were robbed at a drive-thru ATM at Chase bank, the Chronicle reported.

After the robbery, Earls reportedly got out of the passenger seat of his car and fired four shots at the suspect. He then fired two shots at Alvarez’s truck, striking Alvarez once, according to KHOU.

Earls and his wife then drove home, where they called 911 to report the robbery.

Earls was charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury. He is currently free on a $100,000 bond.

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[Featured image: Arlene Alvarez/Facebook]