DENVER (CBS4) – Police in Denver say the suspect wanted in connection with the death of Wayli Gonzalez, 15, has been arrested. Elijah Israel Martinez, 18, was taken into custody on Thursday about 12:30 p.m. after he turned himself in to authorities.

Elijah Martinez (credit: Denver)

Martinez is being held for investigation of first-degree murder in connection with the death of Gonzalez was attacked in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven store at Sheridan Boulevard and Jewell Avenue on New Year’s Day.

Wayli Gonzalez (credit: Gonzalez family)

Through an interpreter, Wayli’s mother Orvelina Gonzalez said her family doesn’t know Martinez.

Orvelina Gonzalez (credit: CBS)

“I started crying for him too because he’s ruined his future, and he took away the future of my son too,” she told CBS4’s Dominic Garcia.

(credit: Orvelina Gonzalez )

Gonzalez says her son was a smart kid who loved life.

CBS4’s Dominic Garcia interviews Orvelina Gonzalez (credit: CBS)

“Everywhere went he left a print in everybody’s life. He was very kind, respectful, very sweet,” she told CBS4.

(credit: Orvelina Gonzalez )

Wayli’s funeral is scheduled for Jan. 13. His body will then be sent to Guatemala where he was from.

Dominic Garcia

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