Tragic shooting Claims the Life of 15-Year-Old Boy in Portsmouth
In a heartbreaking turn of events, the community of Portsmouth is grieving the loss of a 15-year-old boy who was shot and killed in the early hours of Sunday morning. The victim, identified as Shanarde Wilson, was a freshman at I.C. Norcom High School and had a bright future ahead of him.
According to police reports, authorities received a distressing call about gunshots on North Street in Old Towne. Upon arrival, officers discovered young Wilson with a gunshot wound. Despite the prompt medical attention he received and efforts to save his life, Wilson tragically succumbed to his injuries.
Family members, who are understandably devastated by this senseless act of violence, revealed that Wilson was shot in the back while leaving a party following an argument. Mary Simms, a close family friend, described Wilson as her “bonus son” and fondly recalled his daily basketball sessions with her own children after school.
“He really was a good kid,” Simms shared, highlighting Wilson’s positive and joyful nature. The young boy leaves behind his parents and two younger siblings, who are grappling with the sudden loss of their beloved son and brother.
Expressing her frustration and deep sorrow, Simms emphasized that Wilson did not deserve such a tragic fate. She urged parents to actively engage with their children, their friends, and discuss the topic of guns. Simms stressed the importance of being involved in their lives and creating an open dialogue about potentially dangerous situations.
As the investigation into this heartbreaking incident continues, Portsmouth police are urging anyone with information to come forward and assist with their inquiries. The community stands united in their quest for justice and hopes that those responsible for this heinous act will be swiftly apprehended.
This devastating loss serves as a stark reminder of the need for stronger gun control measures and a collective effort to address the root causes of violence in our communities. As the Wilson family mourns the loss of their precious son, the entire community joins them in demanding an end to these tragic incidents that claim the lives of innocent young individuals like Shanarde Wilson.