A 16-year-old boy was shot to death when he was allegedly putting away a gun, and officials on Wednesday have ruled his death accidental.
Now a whole community is mourning the loss of the Southwest High School student who they said was a “good kid.”
The shooting happened shortly before 4:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 300 block of Bobbie Jones Lane, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to the home after getting a call about a person shot and found Altrez Felder dead from a gunshot wound to the head in his bedroom, officials said.
“He was trying to put the gun up,” Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said. “Who it belongs to and why he had it, I don’t know.”
So far, the sheriff’s department has not released any additional details on the shooting including who owned the gun and it’s unclear if any charges will be filed in the incident.
“Everyone in the community and everyone in his school said he was a good person,” Jones said. “It seems like this is a senseless tragedy.”
Felder’s uncle, Charles Lester, said he had spoken to the teen just minutes before the shooting about going to school, according to 41NBC.
“"He was just an angel. That's all I can say is that he was just an angel," Lester said. "He was excited about going. He had woke me up this morning, early, to make sure he had a ride to school.”
Felder's grandfather, Sammy Felder, told the news station he wasn’t sure how the teen got the gun, but said he was a good kid.
"He was a good kid, he was always a good kid. He was respectful and he always said yes sir and no ma'am," Felder said.
On Tuesday, family and friends trickled into the home that officials said Felder shared with his grandmother. They stop to hug and console one another, according to the news station.
Felder's mother, Bernice, said she was still in shock.
"He just had so much to live for," Lester said.
Lester says his nephew will be missed by many.
"You can tell by the friends how much they loved him. His friends are crying just as hard as we are. He just had that kind of impact on them," Lester said.
School officials told the news station that counselors will be available for the students.