Osmar Porras remains in juvenile detention. His detention hearing, originally scheduled for Friday, has been waived for a future date.
The homicide, which was the first of the new year, is shining a new light on teen crime.
Police believe Porras killed his ex-girlfriend, Daniela Medina, at a West Nashville apartment complex on Wednesday.
“She was my first love, she’s a good person,” said Wendy Medina, Daniela’s mother. “You know she’s a child, she’s a kid.”
When last Wendy spoke with her daughter, they were preparing for her 18th birthday.
It’s a phone call she can’t forget.
“She just said ok, I’ll call you later,” explained Wendy. “That’s the last time I talked to her, and then she never called me again.”
Daniela, 18, is the first murder victim in Nashville this year.
Porras is the year’s first murder suspect, at only 17-years-old.
“Kids kill kids,” said Wendy. “His parents, I know they have pain too. I feel so sorry for them because he didn’t just kill my daughter, but he killed himself too because he has to pay.”
In 2018, eight teens 17-and-under were arrested for murder. Though that number is down 33% from the year before, it’s still far too high for Wendy and other mourning mothers.
She hopes to see the number stay at just one, in 2019.
“I feel the pain, I never feel this pain before, I can’t explain this,” said Wendy. “[Kids] have to listen to the parents, please, I say please, don’t do this no more.”
Wendy’s family is now struggling with funeral expenses.