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Fifteen Year Old Boy Shot and Killed in Gulfport

A fifteen year old boy is dead from a shooting incident in Gulfport.
A fifteen year old boy is dead from a shooting incident in Gulfport.
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Updated: 10/23/2013 8:24 pm
Police still don't know who shot Joshua Cuellar. Gulfport high school is helping students and teachers deal with this tragedy. Cecelia Zahedi, head of the guidance department at Gulfport High School, says, "You give them a hug when they walk out of the classroom and you expect them to walk in the next day and when they don't, it's very emotional." Fifteen year old, Joshua Cuellar, was shot and killed last night in Gulfport. Students at Gulfport High School are now dealing with the death of their classmate. Zahedi also says, "We love our kids. We love the students. When there's a loss like this, it's felt." Several students arrived at school early, wanting to talk to someone about this loss. Counselors followed Joshua's class schedule today, talking to students about how to work through their emotions. Zahedi also says, "Because the day that you go back to school and his chair is empty can be very emotional for the students."

Guidance counselors also spent time with several teachers. Zahedi states, "One of the teachers specifically said, 'I just graded his test last night.’" Joshua was shot in a driveway in the 3600 block of Lowes Avenue. There was a white pickup truck at the scene. Law enforcement is currently searching the vehicle for evidence. Sergeant Damon McDaniel of the Gulfport Police Department says, "We're hoping that we can obtain some information from the local residents that can aid us in this investigation and help us in this homicide." Officers don't know who shot Joshua or what led to the shooting. Even teachers say that he was a positive student. Zahedi says, "He was working hard with his grades, so he would come down here to get moral support. He would bring down his A’s when he would make them and everyone would give him high 5s and hugs. He just had a very positive energy about him." Meanwhile, students and teachers are striving to move forward after this unexpected tragedy. Anyone with information is asked to call the Gulfport Police Department at (228) 868 - 5959.






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