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A father enraged by his 13-year-old daughter's romance with a 10th-grade dropout fatally shot the boy as he tried to jump a fence on the family's lawn, authorities said.

Shortly after midnight Saturday, 16-year-old Bernardo Barragan sneaked into Fabiola Gonzalez's yard and coaxed the girl outside to talk to him.

He lived a few houses away and had just returned home for the holiday weekend. He and his father had been working on a construction crew in southern Florida, relatives said.

Fabiola's father burst through the door, rifle in hand, and confronted the boy, said Angelo Nieves, an Orange County Sheriff's Office spokesman. The two exchanged words, then Jose Carmen Gonzalez shot Bernardo in the chest and stomach, authorities said.

Gonzalez, 44, turned himself in Sunday and was charged with murder.

Court records show the run-in wasn't the first. Bernardo was arrested June 29 on charges of trespassing at the Gonzalez home. And July 26, a judge ordered the teen-ager to stay away from the girl's house.

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