2 teens connected to fatal shooting charged as adults

EVERETT — Two Snohomish County teens now are facing murder charges in adult court in connection with a Dec. 12 gang-related shooting south of Everett.

Guillermo Padilla and Edgar Calixto, both 16, were charged Monday with first-degree murder. The Snohomish County Superior Court charges accuse the pair of joining Diego Tavares, 19, in carrying out a shooting that ended the life of Anthony Camacho, 17.

The trio allegedly were aiming for revenge when they attacked members of a rival gang who were partying south of Everett.

Tavares was the shooter, Padilla provided him with the gun and Calixto drove, knowing that violence was planned, according to court papers.

Tavares was charged last week. Because of the seriousness of the allegations, the cases against the 16-year-olds were moved this week from the juvenile system into the adult court.

“The murder was apparently part of the ongoing violence between various gangs in south Everett,” deputy prosecutor Craig Matheson said in an affidavit filed along with the charges.

Camacho was a student at ACES high school in the Mukilteo School District and only days away from turning 18. Police were summoned Dec. 12 by reports of gunfire, but they didn’t learn anyone had been hit until a car brought Camacho to Swedish Hospital in Mill Creek.

He had been shot in the head and “was completely unresponsive and appeared near death,” Matheson said.

His companions unloaded him from their car, placed him in a wheelchair, rolled him into the emergency room and then left.

Security cameras caught it all, and a security guard was able to get the license plate number of the car to provide police.

The license plate led to a house in the 12300 block of Fourth Place W., where Camacho’s wallet was found on the ground. A car with blood in the backseat was parked outside.

“At this point, police began knocking loudly on the door at this address, eventually rousing the inhabitants,” Matheson wrote. “Initially, all the people inside the address denied any knowledge of what occurred, or having any information regarding a shooting.”

Investigation led detectives to Tavares, who goes by the nickname “Crooks.” Arrests followed for Padilla, who calls himself “Triggerz,” and Calixto, who is known as “Trippz.”

Each of the teens allegedly made statements to family or police in which they admitted involvement in the shooting. Padilla also made social media posts about the killing, including threats, prosecutors say. All were being held on $2 million bail.

Scott North: 425-339-3431; north@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @snorthnews.

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