16-Year-Old Soccer Player Shot After Standing Up For Smaller Kid Being Bullied
Arlington, TX – A 16-year-old boy was murdered on Thursday after he intervened to help a smaller boy who was being bullied.
A few days before he was fatally shot, Samuel Reynolds told his parents that he had broken up a fight when a larger boy was picking on a “smaller boy” at Arlington High School, NBC News reported.
“After he broke up the fight, he started having trouble with the suspect,” Arlington Police Lieutenant Christopher Cook said.
The shooting occurred at about 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 6 in Pinewoods Apartments, the apartment complex where both boys lived, according to the NBC News.
Reynolds was walking between two buildings inside the complex when suspect approached him, KTVT reported.
Police responded to the scene and found Reynold suffering from a gunshot wound.
The 16 year old was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to NBC News.
Police have arrested the 15-year-old suspect who fatally shot Reynolds.
The suspect initially denied any knowledge of the shooting, but the entire incident was captured on the apartment complex’s security cameras, NBC News reported.
“He pulls out a handgun from the rear part of his pants he was wearing, points it at the victim and fires one round,” Lt. Cook said. “We did recover one spent shell casing. It’s a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun.”
The suspect was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention facility, NBC News reported.
The teen was facing murder charges but whether he will be charged as an adult remained to be determined.
Arlington High School Principal Shahveer Dhalla put out a statement on Friday that said that school’s ROTC students had lowered the flag to half-staff in tribute to the murdered 10th grade soccer player.
“We are heartbroken by this tragic loss of a young life,” Dhalla said. “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.”
The principal also said that the teen who shot Reynolds was not a student at Arlington High School.
Police are focused on figuring out how the 15-year-old who shot Reynolds came into possession of a gun.
“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 in a statement. “We will direct our attention to how a young teen suspect accessed a firearm used in the offense.”
Authorities have said they will prosecute whoever was responsible for giving the 15-year-old killer access to the gun, KTVT reported.
“That’s something we want an answer for,” Arlington Police Officer Christopher Cook said. “We are sick and tired of children in our community coming in contact with firearms and possessing them and using them.”