Student dies after stabbing, shooting near Tri-Cities High

One of the teenagers seriously injured in a shooting and stabbing near an East Point high school Friday evening has died, officials said.

The incident happened near Tri-Cities High School off Norman Berry Drive in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. Brian Noyes with Fulton County schools confirmed that it occurred after a basketball game between Tri-Cities and Banneker and as people were leaving campus.

The stabbing happened on campus near the school’s gym and the shooting occurred at a nearby railroad track off campus, Noyes said. No weapons were found to have been brought into any of the school’s buildings, Noyes added.

Officials had said the two victims suffered serious injuries in different altercations on and near campus. On Saturday evening, Dr. Ethel Lett, principal of Tri-Cities, said one of the teenagers, identified as 10th grader Mario Bailey, had died. They both were students.

“When events such as this happen, youth react in different ways,” Lett wrote in a letter to parents. “You may see your child feeling sad, upset, angry, shocked, numb or unsafe. Please know that we are taking steps to increase safety personnel and resources, including our Evolv concealed weapons detection system and additional Fulton County Schools police officers.”

Bailey, 15, was a hard worker and only child who had a part-time job while in school, according to a GoFundMe page organized by his family to help pay for his funeral and other expenses.

“Mario was a thriving 10th grader with a bright future that was committed to success,” the page added. “Help a grieving family that has stumbled upon the worst tragedy any parent could ever experience, and that’s burying their only child.”

No information was provided on the suspects. Officials did not say if the incidents were connected.

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