Investigators had strong leads Monday in the shooting death of a high-school student after a Friday night football game.
Investigators are from the Fulton County school police and not the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which often handles homicides for small police departments.
The fatal shooting of Kristofer Hunter, 17, in the Langston Hughes High School parking lot was the first homicide on school property in staff memory, said Susan Hale who has been with the district for 13 years. The school police has four investigators, some of whom investigated homicides while working for previous departments, said Hale, a district spokeswoman.
“It seems unusual because it is an unusual situation,” she said.
The GBI handled the initial crime scene investigation.
Hunter was a student at McClarin High School in College Park, but was at the Langston Hughes High homecoming game for a reunion with friends, according to Channel 2 Action News. McClarin is an alternative school that often assists students who are behind academically.
There was no record of him attending Fulton schools last year, Hale said.
Students at both high schools saw an increased police presence Monday in the wake of the fatal shooting Friday night. Counselors were also available at both schools, said Samantha Evans, another school spokeswoman.
Hunter was shot about 10 p.m. Friday and later died at Grady Memorial Hospital. There were witnesses to the shooting, Hale said.
“You can’t even come to a football game and just watch it anymore. You have to worry about somebody getting shot,” his friend Khyra Perry told the station. “Kris was a great person, a loving person. He never hurt anybody.”
Evans said additional assistance has been requested of CrimeStoppers in an effort to identify additional witnesses.