Riley High School students mourn the loss of 16 year-old Curtis Frazier Jr.
Updated: Mar 25
SOUTH BEND - "We're here to support you", says Riley High School principal Shawn Henderson as he calls a meeting with his students on Monday morning regarding the tragic shooting of Curtis Frazier Jr.
The fatal shooting of 16 year-old Curtis Frazier Jr. was part of a violent weekend in South Bend with a reported 130 gunshots either reported or detected.
Principal Shawn Henderson released a statement on Saturday evening saying: "Our hearts truly break for the Frazier family as well as Curtis’s classmates, teammates and friends -- and we offer them not only our prayers and support amid their unimaginable grief, but we also pledge to continue working toward reducing gun violence in our neighborhoods and throughout the entire South Bend community.
We have enlisted the professional services of extra social workers and other mental health professionals to assist any of our students or staff who may need help processing this tragedy that has struck so close to us. They will be ready to assist first thing Monday morning. Additionally, I will make myself available for students, parents and staff who may want to talk about this tragic event."
Superintendent of South Bend Schools Todd Cummings and Mayor Pete Buttigieg also released a joint statement saying: “The shooting death of 16-year-old Curtis Frazier, Jr., is devastating, and we are deeply saddened by the gun violence that has taken the life of one of our community’s high school students. We will hold Curtis’s memory close and lift up his friends and family in the coming days and weeks. As we grieve with the Frazier family and offer our support, we also offer them our solemn pledge to condemn gun violence in our schools, our neighborhoods, and broader community.”
Cummings joined Henderson and the mentors at Riley High School on Monday to help assist students throughout the day. Cummings and Buttigieg joined a vigil after school to honor the memory of Frazier. "Now the violence isn't just in the city of South Bend. We are committed to keeping our students safe, now it happened to one of our students. So, we're going to have to work in tandem and side-by-side with the city to ensure that our students don't suffer the effects of gun violence in South Bend.", said Cummings in an interview following the vigil.
Police are still investigating the fatal shooting that took place on Sampson Street between E. Calvert St. and Robinson St. on Friday night.
Anyone with information should contact Metro Homicide at (574) 235-5009 or Crime Stoppers.