LAUREL, Miss. — A 17-year-old Laurel High School student is dead and an 18-year-old is in custody accused of murder.
Laurel Police Chief Tyrone Stewart tells WDAM-TV (http://bit.ly/2dOHerb ) it’s the city’s first homicide of the year.
Stewart says Mekel Antwon Crumbly was charged in the death of Tamerick Drummond and taken to the Jones County jail just after midnight Wednesday. It was unknown if Crumbly was also a student at the school.
Stewart did not provide immediate details on how the killing happened.
The television station reports Crumbly made his first court appearance Wednesday. Bond was set at $250,000.
Maurice Pruitt Sr., the victim’s father, said Wednesday was his son’s birthday. He just turned 17.
Laurel School District spokeswoman Lacey Slay said they’re providing additional counselors at the school to help students deal with their grief. She said they’ll be there at least through the end of the week.
Information from: WDAM-TV, http://www.wdam.com