FOREST PARK, Ga. -- Clayton County Police are investigating a shooting in Forest Park that left a 13-year-old boy dead.
The shooting happened shortly before 11 p.m. Monday at the Bradford Ridge Apartments on Sylvia Drive.
Clayton County Police Officer Phong Nguyen said the victim, Steven Galindo Diaz, was helping his sister put air in the tire of her car when two suspects drove up and demanded keys and belongings.
The suspects stole the sister's necklace and tried to crank her car. When it wouldn't start, they began shooting, Nguyen said.
Diaz was hit by a bullet and later died at the hospital.
His football coach at Babb Middle School told 11Alive's Jerry Carnes the young man played like a giant.
"He gave his heart," the coach said. "He didn't back down to any challenge in practice, and he didn't back down in the classroom."
Friends say he loved sports, music and dressing up for Halloween. He talked to friends and family about joining the military or becoming a DJ.
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Both suspects are still at large. Nguyen described them as Hispanic men driving a red SUV.
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