16-Year-Old High School Basketball Star Shot And Killed

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A 16-year-old high school basketball standout was shot and killed Monday (October 3), and police have yet to make an arrest, per People.

Letrell Duncan, a sophomore basketball star, was fatally shot not long after leaving East Orange Campus High School, officials say.

According to reports, Duncan was shot four times in the head before he was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Marsha Douglas, Duncan's aunt, told the New York Times that Duncan was with his friends when two men confronted the group.

Words were exchanged between the group and the two men before they left.

Moments later, however, the two men in ski masks returned and gunned down Duncan, Douglas said.

The victim's aunt said Duncan "was into school and he was into his basketball — that was it. Nothing else. School and basketball."

He was a member of the high school's varsity basketball team and led his team to a 15-9 record his freshman season, scoring 180 points, the Times reports.

"Our young people are hurting — and so am I," said Mayor Ted R. Green in a statement. "This shooting has shaken our community to its core, and collectively, we must come together to prioritize and protect our young people."

Green said that East Orange has ramped up patrols "in our school corridors and we are taking aggressive action to ensure gun violence does not disrupt our community,"

An investigation into the shooting is still ongoing. Police say that anyone with information related to the case should call (877) 847-7432.

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