DES MOINES, Iowa — Newly released gas station surveillance video shows the crazed moments after police say a Des Moines teen murdered his grandmother.
“It is hard to watch,” said Maria Munoz. Munoz is the cousin of 17–year– old Noah Laprei. Laprei is accused in the brutal killing of 79–year-old Rachel Pray inside her Eastside home.
After allegedly doing so, Laprei ransacked a nearby Git N Go, on East 29th Street and assaulted its patrons. Munoz said his actions must have been fueled by drugs.
“Whatever he was on, he was extremely out of his mind, especially seeing the footage it’s just scary,” she said.
The video shows the teenager barging into the gas station frantically waving a bible in the air at customers. He then pushed past the customer, yanking food off the rack and forcefully pushed over a shelf before running outside.
The video, only a few minutes long, shows Laprei hitting a customer in the face outside the gas station. Eventually he turned his emotion towards the store’s front window, first bashing his head into the glass then using his body to break it. The force was so strong, it shook the surveillance camera.
The family said the boy has been dealt a tough hand. Laprei lost his mother in a car accident four years ago and his father has been incarcerated for over a decade. They claim he has never experimented with drugs before and hope the courts can show compassion by sentencing him to a lesser charge.
“We would like to see nothing more than involuntary manslaughter because it wasn’t him,” said LaPrei’s uncle Joe Pray. “If he could just get that chance, we`d be so thrilled.”
Laprei is charged with first-degree murder and will be tried as an adult. He is scheduled to appear in court on October 22nd.
On Thursday, a visitation for Pray will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church from 5–7 p.m. The funeral service is Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Pray did not have life insurance. Click here to donate to her Go Fund Me page.