High school football player shot to death in East Dublin

Le’ontae Coates, 16, died from a gunshot wound in East Dublin on Sunday. Credit: Final Touch Photography

Credit: Final Touch Photography

Credit: Final Touch Photography

Le’ontae Coates, 16, died from a gunshot wound in East Dublin on Sunday. Credit: Final Touch Photography

A high school football player was shot to death in East Dublin early Sunday, according to the Laurens County deputy coroner.

Deputies were called to a report of gunfire around 6 a.m. in the 200 block of Chase Drive, about 60 miles southeast of Macon, according to media reports. Le’ontae Coates, 16, died at the scene, Nathan Stanley, Laurens deputy coroner, said late Monday.

Two people were charged after the shooting, but neither has been charged with Coates' death, according to reports.

Lashundria Madison, 36, was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault against Roderick Brown. Brown, 33, was charged with simple battery and criminal trespassing, the reports indicated.

According to the Laurens County jail website, Madison was released on $5,000 bond, while Brown was being held without bond late Monday.

Coates was a 9th-grade student at West Laurens High School, where he played football. Stanley said Coates also was a wrestler.

Please lift up the Coates family in your prayers. Also please pray for our football family as we mourn the loss of one of our brothers! #WLRaiderNation

Posted by West Laurens High School Football on Sunday, September 20, 2020

“Our Laurens County School District family is mourning the loss of WLHS 9th grader, Le’ontae Coates," the school district posted on Facebook. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and teammates as they cope with the loss of an outstanding young man.”

Our Laurens County School District family is mourning the loss of WLHS 9th grader, Le’ontae Coates. Our thoughts and...

Posted by Laurens County School District on Sunday, September 20, 2020

The GBI will be conducting an autopsy, Stanley said. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

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