A 16-year-old student in Texas was shot and killed on Thursday, Feb. 6, for defending a classmate from a bully at school days earlier, police said on Friday.
It happened just after 4:30 p.m when Samuel Reynolds, a sophomore at Arlington High School, was shot on the grounds of the apartment complex where he lived, police said. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead later.
A suspect in Samuel’s death, a 15-year-old middle schooler, is in police custody, according to CBS DFW.
Police said Samuel saw another student being assaulted by a 15-year-old boy and decided to intervene.
Two days later, the boy confronted Samuel in the hallway of the Pinewoods Apartment. Security cameras footage from inside the building captured the teen pulling out .40 semi-automatic handgun and shooting Samuel.
According to NBC, the suspect is facing a murder charge and has been transported to a juvenile detention center.
Police said the suspect and the victim knew each other. They will prosecute the person who helped the 15-year-old access a gun, CBS DFW reported.
“This senseless act of gun violence has no place in society and our hometown community. This was an emotionally tough case for responding officers, investigators and medics,” Arlington police chief Will Johnson said on Twitter. “We will direct our attention to how a young teen suspect accessed a firearm used in the offense.”
Students, teachers, and staff gathered at Arlington High School on Friday for a candlelight vigil to remember Samuel. Grief counselors were available at the school.
“We are heartbroken by this tragic loss of a young life,” Principal Shahveer Dhalla said of Samuel.
“He touched the lives of many of our Arlington students and teachers, and he will be missed. We are keeping our thoughts and prayers with Sam’s family and friends,” he continued.