High School Quarterback Shot for Second Time in 6 Months, This Time Fatally
Bryant Lee, 18, was supposed to graduate this week.
The starting quarterback at a Louisiana high school was fatally shot at a graduation party over the weekend, six months after he was hospitalized in another shooting.
Bryant Lee was just three days away from graduating McKinley High School in Baton Rouge when cops say the 18-year-old was shot in the head.
Lee was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead early Saturday morning.
While police have yet to provide any motive, those who knew Lee said he was a good kid not typically mixed up with any trouble.
His coach, Ken Hilton, said Lee hoped to join a college football team as a walk-on.
"This was not a young man who was in and out of trouble or some gang thing,” Hilton said. “It was a kid who in my eyes was a good kid. Everything he said was, ‘No, sir’ or, ‘Yes, sir’ and shook your hand."
Shockingly, this was the second time in this school year that Lee had been shot.
In November, Lee, took a bullet to the leg in what authorities characterized as a drive-by shooting, according to WAFB.
In the previous incident, Lee was reportedly back home the next day.
Now, however, he's missing from his spot at the family table, as well as his graduation ceremony.
“He had that 'it' factor where he could rally the kids and lead the group," Hilton said. "He led by example. He never missed a workout."
Lee had a 3.5 GPA and planned to attend Southern University in Baton Rouge, according to Hilton.
McKinley High Principal Herman Brister also released a statement on the tragedy, which read:
“The entire faculty and staff at McKinley Senior High School wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Bryant Lee. Bryant was an 18-year old dedicated scholar who put his academics above his job as the leader of our football team. Bryant transferred to McKinley High School from Scotlandville his sophomore year, and joined the Panther football team as quarterback.
"Students and teachers alike will remember Bryant as intelligent, hard-working, focused, fun-loving and as having a great sense of humor. As a student he was concerned about his grades, as an athlete he played tough and gave it all he had. One of the characteristics coaches loved about him is that he was coachable. He was respected by his coaches and teammates.
"It is hard to gauge the impact a young man like Bryant may have had in this world had he fulfilled his plans to attend college and carried his great attitude with him into his future endeavors. As we strive to complete the 2016-2017 school year, we at McKinley High School will give our students and teachers support in dealing with the tragic death of Bryant Lee, and will focus on encouraging our students to live in a way that honors his memory."
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