HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Court papers released during the arraignment of 21-year-old Omar Reyes indicate a shooting that claimed the life of an innocent bystander, a grandmother in her home, may have started because of a stolen dirt bike.
The first floor of 26-28 Sisson Avenue is now boarded up and a memorial remains on the front porch for 56-year-old Sylvia Cordova, or ‘Pebbles’, as she was affectionately known.
“It [has] been surreal,” said Cordova’s daughter Tai Hernandez. “Some days we wake up and we stare at the nightmare.”
That nightmare began when Hernandez’s mother was shot and killed by a stray bullet on June 9. Police found her lying on a bedroom floor with “…what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the head.”
The arrest warrant released during 21-year-old Omar Reyes’ arraignment for the murder reveals that Reyes’ friend known in court papers as the witness had a gun pointed at him earlier in the day.
“The witness reported the ‘Menor’ and ‘Diego” then stole his Yamaha dirt bike,” the court documents said.
He told Reyes about the alleged theft and says Reyes then drove a scooter with a friend on the back armed with an AK-47 to the Sisson Avenue home to confront those men.
After an argument in the driveway, the witness says he heard two shots and then saw “… Omar and the passenger were shooting into the house while driving away.”
Reyes’ friend has been identified by police as 24-year-old Edwin Roman.
“I want justice, and justice for us will be fully served once Mr. Roman is caught,” said Hernandez.
Cordova’s family has been outspoken about their tragic loss and their mission now to make sure Edwin Roman, who they believe was the shooter on the back of the scooter, is also caught.
“We want this to be known publicly and we will not rest until justice is served,” Hernandez added.
Reyes was captured in Puerto Rico and was ordered to be held on a $1 million bond while in court on Wednesday.
At this point, police say Edwin Roman could be almost anywhere. They are asking anyone with information to give them a call.