Michelle Mondo and Eva Ruth Moravec - Express-News
Instead, her family gathered around the table without her, everyone putting on a brave face for the boy who did not quite understand the news they received hours earlier.
Tello was dead, killed by a gunshot wound to the head when at her boyfriend's house on Christmas Eve.
In the report, the boyfriend, who was questioned by police after the incident, gave a couple of accounts of the shooting.
“I'm trying to be brave but when I'm alone it's so hard,” she said.
Debbie Tello said her daughter was a vivacious teen always running around with friends from Harlandale High School, where she was a senior, or heading off to her job at a pizza place.
“She was happy,” her mom said. “She was getting a big graduation party and she had signed up at St. Philip's.” Tello wanted to work in the medical field.
When he returned, the report said, Tello said she wanted to play Russian roulette and was holding the gun.
As the police continue to investigate, she wonders if she'll ever get the full truth of her daughter's last hours.
“I don't have any anger,” she said. “It's not going to bring her back.”