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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 Modified: April 29, 2013 at 8:59 pm •  Published: April 29, 2013

“I had to explain to him today that his friend was in heaven,” Fitzgerald said. “He doesn't understand. It's ridiculous that it happened and that the parents weren't there.”

Fitzgerald has a security camera on her front porch that was aimed at Adrian's home, but it does not work.

“I wish it did,” she said. “It might have picked up something. Anything. It could have been me. It could have been anyone.”

Adrian was in the first grade at Coolidge Elementary, said Kathleen Kennedy, a spokeswoman for Oklahoma City Public Schools.

The news was heartbreaking for students, teachers and administrators throughout the district. Counselors were on campus Monday to help students and staff, she said.

Knight said an air-conditioner was stolen from the home within the past year, but there have been no other recent police calls to that address. A neighbor said Adrian's family was new to the neighborhood.


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