AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Police said a boy died inside a home Wednesday night across the street from LBJ High School in east Austin.
LBJ principal Dr. Joseph Welch sent a letter to families and confirmed the boy was a student at the school, and AISD confirmed with KXAN he was a freshman.
On Friday, Austin Police identified him as Breyjon Martin, 15.
APD considers Martin’s death possibly accidental and suspicious. Someone called 911 to report a shooting on Lazy Creek Drive around 10:30 p.m.
According to officials, Martin died from a gunshot wound and the manner was a homicide.
Anyone with information is asked to contact APD at (512) 974-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-8477.
Students react to the news
Students showing up for school on Thursday had no idea just hours before that an accidental shooting killed one of their classmates.
“I got to school this morning and sat with my friends, and she was telling me about how someone had gotten shot, and they passed away,” student Benjamin Nolazco said. “And this was all over social media.”
Nolazco said he remembers seeing Martin in the hallways.
“It’s really unfortunate, they had their whole life to live for,” Nolazco said. “It really sucks.”
According to police, this shooting didn’t threaten anyone outside of the home. Still, the fact it happened so close to the school worries some students.
“It’s kind of sad you have to be careful with your surroundings, right outside of a school zone,” student Adan Casas said.
In the thick of loss and grief, the LBJ community wraps its arms around the student’s family.
“Lots of love toward them,” Nolazco said. “You can definitely feel it in the hallway that not a lot of people are in the mood today.”