Extra security planned for football game after student shot, killed near school

A 16-year-old student was found shot in Macon. He died at the hospital.
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A 16-year-old student was found shot in Macon. He died at the hospital.

Credit: Macon Telegraph

Credit: Macon Telegraph

Extra security is planned for a Georgia high school football game Thursday night after a student was fatally shot near the school, officials said.

Jayvon Sherman, a student at Central High School in Macon, was found just before 7:30 a.m. with a chest wound near the old Winship Elementary, a few blocks from his school, The Telegraph reported. He had a backpack, leading authorities to believe he was on his way to school.

Sherman, 16, was pronounced dead at a hospital just after 8 a.m., according to the newspaper.

Authorities are investigating his death as a homicide, Bibb County sheriff’s Sgt. Linda Howard said.

“Any homicide is one too many, and I’ve said that before and I say it all the time in my interviews,” Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said. “But 16 years old? This young man is 16 years-old.”

The deadly shooting prompted district officials to ask the sheriff’s office for additional security at Central’s football game against Rutland High School, according to The Telegraph.

“That’s just out of precaution,” Bibb County School System spokeswoman Stephanie Hartley told the newspaper.

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