A 15-year-old student who was shot inside an Arkansas middle school this week has died from his injuries, according to his family and news reports.
Daylon Burnett, a student at Watson Chapel Junior High School in Pine Bluff, was rushed to Arkansas Children’s Hospital after he was shot early Monday morning — and was pronounced dead at the hospital Wednesday.
“Y’all my boy got his wings at 5:35 p.m.,” the teen’s mother posted on Facebook.
“My baby is gone and I can’t bring him back,” Keisha Lee said in a follow-up post Thursday.
Burnett’s death was confirmed by the Pulaski County Coroner’s Office, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
The alleged teen shooter in the incident, Thomas Quarles, 15, is being held on $1 million bail at a local juvenile facility.
Police said the shooting was a “targeted” attack, but have not determined a motive.
Quarles had been facing a first-degree battery charge but prosecutors are now expected to seek homicide charges, the Democrat-Gazette said.
The shooting came on the first day of in-person instruction at the school.
“The events of this week have been tragic,” Watson Chapel District Superintendent Jerry Guess said in a statement. “It has been a traumatic week for our students and our staff. I truly believe that students and staff will work together in the coming days to the best benefit of us all.”
According to police, Quarles allegedly walked into the school early Monday and shot Burnett before fleeing — and was found hiding behind a home nearby.
Police found two .380-caliber spent shells next to Burnett and said Quarles had a black Ruger LCP handgun in his right pocket when he was arrested, according to an affidavit filed after the shooting.
Pine Bluff police reported just hours after the shooting that Burnett had died from his injuries, but later “rescinded” the report, saying that “bad information was released.”
The teen remained in critical condition until his death Wednesday.
A GoFundMe page set up by Burnett’s family had raised more than $10,000 for funeral expenses as of Thursday evening.