A young suspect was reportedly arrested Saturday afternoon following a manhunt related to the shocking fatal shooting of a Virginia high school student.
Lucia Bremer was shot multiple times on Friday, forcing a nearby high school in Henrico County, Virginia, to temporarily close.
The eighth-grader was taken to a hospital where she died of her injuries, the Richmond Times-Dispacth reported. The suspect was reportedly last seen fleeing the shooting before the chase began.
The suspect, who has not been identified due to his age, was detained at a house half a mile from where the shooting occurred, according to the Henrico Citizen.
The suspect has been charged with second degree murder, according to reports.
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“Detectives worked tirelessly throughout the night to follow up on the leads provided by our community partners,” Henrico police said in announcing the arrest on Saturday.
Bremer’s family confirmed his death in a statement posted to Facebook on Saturday, writing that they were “saddened to report that our beloved daughter and cheerful farmer, Lucia Whalen Bremer, was killed in a senseless act of gun violence on March 26.” , the Times- Dispatch informed. “Thank you for keeping our family in your thoughts as we sail the next few weeks.”
Melanie Phipps, principal of Bremer’s Quioccasin High School in Richmond, described Lucia as “funny” and wise, “adding that she was” heartbroken and devastated “by her murder.
She said students and staff were planning a virtual gathering for Sunday to mourn the loss of Lucia and the school plans to have a greater police presence on Monday so everyone feels safe on the “toughest day,” according to Citizen.
David Whitehouse, Bremer’s English teacher, said: “In a year of difficult days and weeks, this will be the most difficult of my entire career.
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Police have called the shooting victim a teenager, but have not released her name or age, despite her family identifying the girl on social media because she was a minor.