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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A high school football player was ambushed and murdered on Monday, and police are now searching his campus for the suspect. Officers will be in and around James Martin High School in Arlington on Tuesday after Carl Wilson was gunned down and left for dead.
Wilson was shot in the middle of a street in Kennedale, and police believe that the people responsible for this shooting are other students. Investigators think that the murder stemmed from a fight during lunch. “We believe that this is part of an ongoing altercation that started today at a high school that all the students, young men involved, attended,” stated Chief Tommy Williams with the Kennedale Police Department on Monday.
The 18-year-old victim was a senior and varsity football player. His friends and teammates do not understand how this could have happened. “Everybody loved Carl,” said teammate Christian Levy. “I don’t know nobody that had something bad to say about Carl. Nothing you could say.”
Friends said that Wilson had recently visited Kilgore College, and planned to continue playing football after graduating from high school. “I saw Carl every day, as I walked through the doors,” said teammate Bryce Bailey. “I shook his hand every morning.”
“I’m in shock,” added Christian Levy. “Still can’t believe it.”
Investigators are interviewing several witnesses, but no additional details about possible suspects have been released.
“We don’t know if there are students on our campus that were specifically involved in this shooting,” principal Marlene Roddy said. “That creates a more confusing and scary element to campus at this point.”
In addition to added security on Tuesday, there are be a number of grief counselors at the high school for students and staff members. The school held a moment of silence on Tuesday morning, and a vigil has been planned for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday night in the 6300 block of Treepoint Drive, the site of the fatal shooting.
“It’s pretty sad to see, just the fact that like, we all go to the same school,” said friend Darrien Murphy. “It’s like one big family.”
“It very easily could have been my son. You never know,” added father Kenneth Levy. “I have to go home and talk to my son and explain it. Parents shouldn’t have to do this.”
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