Arrest Made In Fatal Shooting Of Deltona H.S. Student


UPDATE (Dec. 2) - VSO has released more details in this case. Roberts turned himself in with his lawyer on Wednesday evening. The investigation found that Zelaya and a group of juveniles came to the party uninvited. Witnesses said words were exchanged and a glass bottle was thrown from the vehicle Zelaya was riding in. Roberts fired at the vehicle carrying Zelaya, and Zelaya was shot in the upper torso. A second person in the car was hit in the left shoulder,  causing a life-threatening injury.

The group drove to Halifax Medical Center in Deltona to get medical treatment for Zelaya. He was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.

The investigation into this case included more than 50 interviews and re-interviews of witnesses and attendees of the party at 1444 Waterview Drive. 

Deltona, FL -  The Volusia Sheriff's Office has charged 43-year-old Markland Roberts in the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Xyrus Zelaya, a Deltona High School student, on October 30, 2021.

Fatal Shooting At Deltona House Party

From the Volusia Sheriff's Office Facebook page:

CASE UPDATE: Tonight, after a thorough investigation, detectives arrested Markland Roberts, 43, Deltona, in the Oct. 30 shooting at a house party that killed Xyrus Zelaya, 16, and injured another juvenile victim. Roberts is charged with manslaughter with a firearm and attempted manslaughter with a firearm.

No other details have been released at this time. Roberts was arrested on Wednesday evening at about 7:15 p.m. He's out of jail on a $35,000 bond.