Killen community copes with loss of Brooks High School student

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KILLEN, Ala. (WHNT) – The small town of Killen lost a young community member Wednesday.

An 18-year-old Brooks High School student took his own life Wednesday morning, according to Killen Police Chief Brian Hammond. Chief Hammond confirms the teen never went to school that morning.

Chief Hammond told WHNT News 19 neighbors heard a gunshot, and found the boy dead in his front yard. The family is well known and active in the Killen community.

They have not yet released the student’s name.

Lauderdale County School Superintendent Jennifer Gray said they will have extra counselors and youth pastors on hand for students who need help coping with the loss.

“Lauderdale County is very close. Something like this doesn’t just hurt the school, it hurts all of us,” she said.

Brooks High School students and other Killen community members sat side-by-side, and remembered their fellow student during a gathering Wednesday night.