The student killed after being shot at Huffman High School in Birmingham, Alabama has been identified as 17-year-old Courtlin Arrington, as reported by Al.com.
Arrington, along with a 17-year-old boy who was critically injured, were the victims of an apparently accidental shooting at the school. A school employee was being evaluated at the scene, but it was not clear if that staff member was shot, the newspaper reported.
1. Arrington Died While En Route to a Hospital, & a Football Player Shot in the Leg Was Treated & Released
According to Al.com, Arrington died while being transported to a hospital after she unable to be saved via CPR.
The 17-year-old boy was shot in the leg but later released from the hospital, the publication reported. He was later questioned by authorities at police headquarters. The boy was a junior at the and played on the school’s football team.
2. She Was an Aspiring Nurse & Was Geared Up to Graduate in May
Arrington was set to graduate from the school in May, and had already been accepted into a college to follow her dreams of becoming a nurse.
“We’re not just talking about some person, we’re talking about losing a part of our future,” said Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, according to Al.com. “Our hearts are heavy.”
3. Her Social Media Accounts Show a Happy, Typical Teen
Arrington’s Facebook account, where she went by the name of “Courtlin La’shawn,” showed a happy teen who enjoyed posting selfies and Snapchat photos.
On March 6, the teen shared a post that read “Thank u god in advance for what’s about to happen 😍😌💜.”
4. Loved Ones Posted Their Condolences Via Facebook
Loved ones took to Facebook to express their sadness over the teen’s passing.
Mya Lá Shunn wrote: “I can’t believe this my court dawg they took you away nobody kno the pain and hurt behind this fr she was the hype man Stayed smiling i love you so much Courtlin La’shawn 😪😩just hml one last time tell me some good 😭🤞🏽 every memory we shared will be cherished 💜it don’t even feel ight saying rip Long live Court foreverrrr😇 🕊.”
“it’s so sad how our parents can’t even send us to school in the morning & know we are coming back home that afternoon,” Ka Ron captioned the above video. “this is so sad it’s heart breaking 💔 #RIP Courtlin La’shawn 😢 I’m praying for your family ,your friends & our graduating class you will be missed #C/O18❤️👩🏾🎓👨🏾🎓”
5. Students Hid Under Desks After the Gunfire Erupted
A photo obtained by WBRC-TV shows students hiding under desks during the incident. A mother whose daughter is in the school said she was waiting outside to pick her up and her daughter texted her to say, “Mom we’re on lockdown,” according to Al.com.
The mother said she heard the victims are a male and a female, but police have not confirmed that. “I was just hoping my baby was OK, that everybody was OK,” the mother told the newspaper. “I was nervous. This is so sad.”
A student told WVTM-TV, “I heard the shot and it’s more like, ‘I gotta fear for myself now.’ And I need to get out of the school. That basically what went through my head and to make sure that my friends that they alright.