Adrian Alvaresz is the 16-year-old student who died at Lanier High School in Austin, Texas, as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, reports KXAN.
Here’s what you should know about this young man and his tragic demise:
1. He Posted a Horrifying Photo and Message on Facebook Prior to the Shooting
— Zachary Stieber (@ZackStieber) October 15, 2013
Alvaresz posted this chilling photo on Facebook early on the morning of October 15, and wrote that he was planning to take his on life.
He said he was not ending it all “not for my ex but ’cause I’m tired to be who I am … Also I’m taking my life away ;cause everyone has always put me to the side …”
2. He Was a Father
The most heartbreaking part of Alvaresz’s Facebook suicide note is his plea to his friends to take care of his young son, and his belief that he will care for the boy from the afterlife:
To all my friends I want to ask y’all for some help. Help my mom stay strong, my ex-girlfriend and especially my son. I know I’m not going to leave him alone ’cause I’ma be his angel, his mentor. Every night before he goes to sleep I’ma kiss him and whisper to his ear …
2. Students at the Scene Say the Shooting Happened at Lunchtime
@AISDSupt: We are saddened by this tragic loss. Our thoughts are with the family.
— Austin ISD (@AustinISD) October 15, 2013
The shooting happened around noon local time in the school’s courtyard. Alex Hernandez told The Statesman that Alvaresz was sitting alone when he took a gun from his hoodie and turned it on himself.
– R.I.P Adrian Alvaresz .! You'll Be Missed .
— – Victoria Noell (@_VictoriaNoell) October 15, 2013
The school was placed on temporary lockdown for about an hour and students were released at around 1:30 p.m. local time. Parents had been alerted to the shooting via phone by the school district. One grandparent told KXAN:
My granddaughter called me and told me that there was a shooting at the school. So I couldn’t believe it. I was in bed. So I jumped right out of bed and came right over here to see what the problem was.
4. The School District Reacted to the Tragedy
The school released a brief statement:
Based on the information available to us at this time, I regret to inform you that a student shot himself at Lanier High School a short while ago. The student has succumbed to the wound. And, the students at the campus who were on lockdown are being released to their homes. Buses will be available for students who ride the bus home. Parents also may pick up their students at the school. If parents are unable to pick up their students, busses will provide transportation. We are saddened by this tragic loss. Our thoughts are with the family.
KXAN reports that counsellors were brought in to speak to students at the school on the day of the tragedy, the station further reported that a crisis team was being brought in to talk with faculty.
5. Lanier High School is 85 Percent Latino
Lanier High School is located in northern Austin, shown here on Payton Gin Road. The school’s sports teams are known as the vikings. The school’s Wikipedia page says that the school was predominately caucasian until the 1980s. It’s named after confederate soldier Sidney Lanier.