Crime - Sacto 911

Teenager arrested in south Sacramento shooting of 15-year-old girl

A south Sacramento teenager who was found dead over the weekend was a budding artist, her mother and grandmother said.

Macy Murphy was “very artistic,” said Renee Pacli, who identified herself as Macy’s mother when reached by phone Monday. Macy loved to paint and also worked with chalk and melted crayons, her grandmother, Debbie Pacli, added.

On Monday, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department identified Macy as the girl who had been found dead Sunday, with a gunshot wound to her upper torso, in south Sacramento. The department also announced the arrest of a 17-year-old male.

Sheriff’s officials said homicide detectives found the suspect at his home at about 9 a.m. and booked him into Sacramento County Juvenile Hall, where he was ineligible for bail. His name was not released because he is a juvenile.

Macy was found dead in a vehicle Sunday afternoon in the 8700 block of Inisheer Way.

Debbie Pacli said the girl had lived in a different part of south Sacramento, with her mother. Neither her mother nor grandmother knew anything about the circumstances of Macy’s death, Debbie Pacli said, and they don’t know the boy who was arrested. “We don’t know much right now,” she said.

Though a sheriff’s report identified Macy as being 16 years old, her mother and grandmother say she was 15 and a high school freshman. She attended John F. Kennedy High School from October to March, Sacramento City Unified School District spokesman Gabe Ross said. She was attending the Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy charter school at the time of her death, her grandmother said.

“She was just a bright, vibrant young lady,” Renee Pacli said. “Everybody loved her.”

Residents of Inisheer Way, a quiet side street of ranch-style houses one block away from Illa Collin Park, on Monday said they did not know Macy. They said they saw her car arrive on Saturday night and called authorities after finding her dead inside the next day.

“It was parked here from the night before. I got up to go to church and it was still there,” said Cordell Hall, who lives across the street from where residents say Macy was found. Hall said when he got home from church, police had taped off the scene and stayed “until it was dark.”

Detectives ask anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 916-874-5115 or Crime Alert at 916-443-HELP. Tip information can also be left anonymously at, by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword “SSD,” or by calling 916-874-TIPS (8477).

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

Related stories from Sacramento Bee