'Senseless act of violence': Teen shot dead days after defending boy against bully

A teenager who stood up to a bully picking on a younger boy was killed just days later, police and family say.

Just after 4.30pm (local time) on Thursday, police responded to a call of an injured person in Arlington, Texas.

When officers arrived on the scene they found a 16-year-old boy with a gunshot wound who was then transported to hospital before being pronounced dead, according to a statement released by Arlington Police on Facebook.

The 16-year-old has since been identified as Samuel Reynolds, with NBC Dallas Fort Worth reporting the boy intervened in a bullying incident involving the alleged shooter days before his death.

Samuel Reynolds was killed days after he stood up to a bully who was picking on a younger child. Source: Go Fund Me/Facebook

A family member wrote on a GoFundMe Samuel was shot outside his home in a car park.

The suspect has not been identified due to his age, which is between 13 and 15 years old and  Lt. Christopher Cook, from the Arlington Police Department, told NBC 5 the entire incident was captured on cameras around the apartment complex.

Samuel’s mother told NBC 5 her son started having trouble with the suspect after he stood up for a younger boy the alleged shooter was picking on and she advised him to keep his distance.

A GoFundMe has been set up to benefit Samuel’s mother Madison Fletcher by her niece.

“As many of you know Sam lost his life at the young age of 16, due to a senseless act of violence,” the GoFundMe says.

The fundraising page says Samuel was Ms Fletcher’s only child and the two had a bond “like no other”.

It also said Samuel attended Arlington High School, where he “excelled as a student and was well liked”, and he enjoyed playing soccer and visiting the lake with his grandfather.

“Madison raised Sam to be the most respectful, kind-hearted person you've ever meet, This is an absolute tragedy to our aunt and family,” the page said.

“Please donate what you can, to help cover funeral expenses, and whatever else Madison may need.”

Arlington High School held a candlelight vigil on campus to remember Samuel and on Facebook thanked members of the community for showing their support.

It was reported by NBC 5 the alleged suspect is not a student at Arlington High School.

In a statement shared on Facebook, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marcelo Cavazos confirmed the school district would support the investigation headed up by Arlington Police Department.

“It is with great sadness that I share that one of our students at Arlington High School was fatally shot off campus after school today,” the statement issued the day of the shooting reads.

“School counsellors are preparing to assist students beginning in the morning and continuing for as long as needed.”

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