Jovanni Sirio-Cardona, 16, charged with murder of Lily Silva-Lopez, 15

A Greeley teenager has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend about four weeks after the 15-year-old victim tried to end their relationship, authorities said Tuesday.

Jovanni Sirio-Cardona, 16, faces multiple charges as an adult in connection with the June 16 shooting death of Lily Silva-Lopez, according to the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.

Officers responded to a trailer home on a report of a shooting and found Silva-Lopez, who had been shot multiple times, a DA’s news release said. She died at the scene.

Investigators with the Greeley Police Department allege that Sirio-Cardona approached the home unannounced, forced entry through the victim’s bedroom window and shot Silva-Lopez in a hallway of the residence. The pair had dated for about six months and Silva-Lopez had tried to end the relationship about four weeks prior to the shooting, police said.

A witness told investigators that he saw Sirio-Cardona with a gun in his hand standing over the teen’s body seconds after she had been shot, according to an arrest affidavit.

Sirio-Cardona allegedly threatened Silva-Lopez with a handgun when she first attempted to break off the relationship, the affidavit said. On June 10, officers responded to the home on a domestic violence complaint when Silva-Lopez said Sirio-Cardona punched her in the face and hurt her arm.

Officers arrested Sirio-Cardona at his home after the shooting and he said “he did what he had to do and he shot someone,” according to the affidavit.

Sirio-Cardona is also charged with second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and aggravated robbery, all felonies. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of a handgun by a juvenile. A domestic violence enhancer is part of the case filing.

His bond is set at $2 million and a status conference in the case is scheduled on Aug. 3.

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