Sunday, April 2, 2017

20-Year-Old Chris Chappell PV A&M Killed

A shooting at a party near the Prairie View A&M University campus leaves one student dead and the campus reeling from another loss within a matter of days.

A large party near Bledsoe and Dooley off campus ended with gunfire. As many as 20 shots were fired and the number of shooters is unclear, according to the Waller County Sheriff Glen Smith.

The gunman may have run toward campus and DPS helicopter helped officers search but no suspects were arrested, according to the sheriff. Law enforcement has not released a suspected motive for the shooting.

Student Body President Jacolahn Dudley issued a statement acknowledging the fear on campus and identifying the student killed overnight Friday as 20-year-old Chris Chappell.

Friends gathered on campus Saturday to remember Chappell.

"He was smart. He was very goal-oriented. He was very independent. He wanted to start his own business," Kiara Rose said.

"Every time you would see him, he would have a smile on his face. He would try to make you laugh; try to make you feel good about yourself," Antonio Washington said.

"(He was) a genuinely good person. Somebody who cared about his work. He cared about his friends," Kayla Gilchrist said.


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