PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4)– Friends and family gathered on Tuesday to remember a Pueblo teen who died during a game of Russian roulette.

Police said Cruisito Leiba, 17, was hanging out with some friends at the Encino Apartments in northeast Pueblo on Monday night when he apparently loaded a single bullet into the cylinder of a revolver and started playing a one-man game of Russian roulette.

“He shot it once, nothing happened,” said Cruisito’s friend Selena Aguila. “He shot it twice, nothing happened. Then, he shot it the third time and we heard a big bang.”

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

The other teens told police he kept spinning the cylinder, pointing the gun at his head and pulling the trigger, over and over.

“We were upstairs and heard a loud bang… ran outside, I was like, ‘Someone call 911,'” said Cruisito’s friend Evalina Byrd.

When officers arrived the teen was still alive but badly injured. He survived just long enough to be transported to the hospital, where he later died.

Cruisito’s father had a strong message at the vigil about gunplay, “You play it once, you’re done.”

“That’s awful,” said neighbor George Tapia. “It makes me sad for the kids nowadays, what they’re doing.”


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