The 19-year old man who died from a gun shot in Branson Friday evening has been named.
Richard Alvarez IV died from an bullet wound to the back caused by a hand gun that was operated by his twin brother, according to Taney County Coroner Kevin Tweedy on Monday. The incident is believed to be involuntary manslaughter and the case will be presented to the prosecuting attorney office, according to Branson Interim Police Chief Stan Dobbins. Details of the shooting are still under review. Dobbins declined to name the shooter because charges had not been filed, although several online sources show the twin’s name is Rene Alvarez.
Shared through Facebook is a GoFundMe account to raise money for Alvarez to be buried next to his grandmother in Pomona, California, according to the description of the account. The description also says Alvarez was the father a 2-year old son, an 11-month old daughter, and that his girlfriend is four months pregnant.
Tweedy said a full autopsy will take place Tuesday.
The following is the a press release issued by the city of Branson friday night:
“At approximately 8:30 PM this evening, City of Branson police officers were dispatched to the 500 block of College to investigate a shooting. When they arrived, they found a 19-year old male had been shot and all efforts by paramedics and emergency rescue personnel were unable to revive the subject and he was pronounced dead at the scene by Taney County Coroner Kevin Tweedy.
“The incident appears accidental and is currently under investigation. Names are pending notification of next of kin.