A Texas man serving a 40-year sentence for shooting a classmate multiple times in a high school cafeteria in 2018 died in jail on Monday.
Chad Padilla, 20, died March 21 at the Telford Unit in New Boston. According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, prison staff found Padilla unconscious around 1:50 a.m. and began CPR. He was taken to the medical facility where emergency medical services and paramedics pronounced him dead at around 2:25 a.m.
Prison officials said Padilla’s cause of death has not yet been confirmed and his death is being investigated as a suicide.
Padilla, who was serving a 40-year sentence for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempted capital murder, pleaded guilty in June 2019 to shooting Mahkayla Jones six times in the Italian high school cafeteria in January 2018.
Jones, who survived the shooting, testified that she hugged Padilla in the cafeteria, asked him to sit down, and told him he sounded angry. She said that’s when he pulled out and said, “Sorry, it had to end like this”, and shot her six times.
In a 2019 interview with NBC 5, Jones forgave Padilla for the shooting and said it was time to move on with his life.
“I want to go places and I want to be someone who makes a difference,” Jones said.
The Office of Inspector General is investigating Padilla’s death.