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Neighbors Say Harrah Shooting Suspect was a Straight "A" Student

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YAKIMA, Wash.--The suspect in Friday's shooting in the Lower Valley made his first court appearance.

Neighbors were shocked to hear the news of what was going on inside the family home along 21 Washington Street in the small town of Harrah.

"David had plans you know, he's getting ready to graduate from high school and now that that happened with his uncle, it's a whole different ball park," said Jan Whitefoot, a neighbor.

According to court documents, 18-year-old David Fernandez shot his uncle in the back six times. The victim, 26-year-old Roberto Ocampo-Ursino, also suffered a gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Yakima County Sheriff's Deputies said Fernandez admitted to having an ongoing sexual relationship with his uncle, but when the older relative wanted to end the relationship things turned ugly.

According to the arrest affidavit, Fernandez told police that he wanted his uncle to "feel the pain that he was feeling as a result of their failing relationship."

Officers were called to the scene almost 2 1/2 hours later when the suspect's parents showed up.

Fernandez was taken in for questioning and faces first degree assault charges. Neighbors who knew the young man said this is the last thing they'd expect from a boy who seemed to have a bright future ahead of him.

His bail is set at $1 million.

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