Four Charged with Shooting 18-Year-Old Preble Student

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The four parties involved in the death of 18-year-old Federico Abarca have been charged.

The Preble High School student was shot and killed February 22 in the parking lot of an apartment building.

So far in each of the court proceedings, a show of solidarity among Abarca’s friends and family has been eminent.

Abarca was laid to rest Monday, but his supporters want to make sure justice is served for their friend.

“Nothing will ever be the same I think that’s reasonable,” says Abarca’s friend Hannah Beauchamp. “But I think court and this is going to help us have closure.”

According to the criminal complaint the four had planned to rob Abarca of his THC catridges and money.

Alledgedly Jared Williquette shot Abarca from the front passenger seat.

A situation his friends say didn’t have to happen.

“I just think it’s so stupid that this had to happen over some money,” says Abarca’s friend Tyler. “I definitely hate that this happened because he was one of my best friends, brother to me for sure, family.”

“Everything has been distraught and flipped upside down for everyone,” says Beauchamp. “Everyone is affected even at school the hallways are quieter, no one knows what to do.”

The four are being charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, first degree reckless homicide and conspiracy to commit obstructing an officer.

No matter the outcome, it won’t bring back a son, cousin, student and friend.

“He is a really good kid, really selfless, he was just he was such a good kid,” says Abarca’s cousin Juan Cortez. “And it hurts to know that we’re never going to see him again, we’re never going to be able to hug him. “I just really wish we get justice out of this, he deserves it.”

Williquette’s preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 14.

Colton Kehoe, Jarid Stevens and Gavin Rock’s initial appearance has been moved to March 20.

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