Valley Teen Dies, Community Left Looking for Answers

By Kyle Inskeep

Published 04/18 2014 04:42PM

Updated 04/18 2014 05:32PM

Students at North Central High School are grieving.

A classmate and friend to many at the school is now dead.
The teen committed suicide, but many questions surrounding the death remain unanswered.

The young man was just 17-years old.

Making this even more difficult for classmates, family, friends, and police to make sense of all this.

Police say the teen died of a self-inflicted gun-shot wound Thursday evening.
Investigators tell NBC 2 the shot was fired in a field just north of Sawmill Road in Farmersburg.
Police have no motive for the shooting at this point, but say they're investigating all possibilities including bullying.

The victim was a junior, honors student, at north central.
Students held a vigil to remember his life this afternoon at the school.
School officials say it was a difficult day for the north central family.

"It was very somber, quiet. Kids were walking with their heads down and lots of tears and there was some joyous times talking about special moments that they had and remembering his life and different things," Dr. Mark Baker, Superintendent of the Northeast School Corporation said.

A 24-hour crisis hotline for anyone in the state of Indiana is available. Call (812) 235-8333.

Out of respect to the victim's family, NBC 2 made the decision to not run a picture of the victim or use his name in this story.



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