A Black high school sprinter was fatally shot at an after-prom party on Sunday (April 24), according to People Magazine.
17-year-old Rashard Guinyard was the victim of the early Sunday morning shooting. Guinyard, a senior at Crowley High School in Texas, had earned an athletic scholarship from Abilene Christian University and committed to attending the college in the fall.
Fort Worth Police said in a statement on Wednesday (April 27), "Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim deceased on the scene. The victim had sustained at least one gunshot wound."
The statement continued, "Detectives learned that there was a large gathering [at the] location and unknown suspect(s) began firing weapons striking the victim as he [Guinyard] and others attempted to flee the area on foot."
Police say a second victim was also shot “multiple” times outside of the prom party and is in critical condition.
Guinyard's mother, Kimberly Howard, told Fox 4 that her son was leaving the party to make it home in time for his curfew.
"This has taken part of us," Howard said.
Guinyard was a star, straight-A student who competed with the Fort Worth Flyers Track Club outside of school to prepare for his college career, People reports.
The Crowley Independent School District said in a statement, “Rashard was a standout scholar and student-athlete with a bright future ahead of him.”
Abilene Christian University's track team also spoke out about the tragedy.
"The Wildcat Track and Field program is devastated to learn of the passing of Rashard Guinyard," ACU Track and Cross Country tweeted.
Fort Worth Police say they're investigating the fatal incident and no suspects have been found.
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