UPDATE: Oklahoma City police say 7-year-old boy's death was homicide

Adrian Roberto Avalos, 7, died after firefighters found him inside a southwest Oklahoma City home during a fire.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: April 29, 2013 at 8:59 pm •  Published: April 29, 2013

A 7-year-old boy who was home alone late Sunday at his southwest Oklahoma City home died in a fire that police think was caused by burglars.

Adrian Roberto Avalos was the only person found in the house at 2535 SW 51 when firefighters were called about 11:50 p.m. He was taken to a hospital where he died. Police are investigating the death as a homicide.

Police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said investigators discovered someone broke into the house and took several items before the fire gutted the house. He could not say whether burglars set the fire intentionally or by accident or whether they knew someone was home.

Knight said the medical examiner would determine the cause of Adrian's death, but investigators think he died as a result of the fire. Police have made no arrests in the case and have not identified any suspects.

Fire officials said they are investigating what caused the blaze.

Police also are looking into why the boy was home alone, Knight said.

Adrian lived at the home with his mother and her boyfriend, who were at a bar until 2 a.m., neighbors said. Beer cans littered the yard Monday alongside a makeshift memorial with teddy bears, flowers and a religious candle.

Neighbor Kristin Fitzgerald said she didn't know the adults well, but her 4-year-old son was friends with Adrian and always said “hi” to him when he got home from school.

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