Brother charged with manslaughter in 13-year-old’s fatal shooting in Lancaster


An 18-year-old Lancaster man accused of fatally shooting his 13-year-old sister was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter.

Eddie Marcelino Alvirez also faces one felony count of negligent discharge of a firearm and was expected to be arraigned later in the day in Lancaster. Prosecutors planned to ask for bail of $75,000.

Alvirez surrendered to deputies at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lancaster station Wednesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

If convicted as charged, he faces up to 14 years in prison.

The shooting was reported about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at a home in the 1700 block of West Avenue J-15, where Alvirez was in a bedroom with his two sisters, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

“Eddie was in possession of a gun in the bedroom with the two girls, and the gun went off,” Sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Biddle told KNBC-TV.


The girl who was shot, identified as Marlena Virginia Alvirez, died at a hospital, coroner’s officials said.