Three high schoolers arrested for shooting death of classmate

Jyreffe Clark
Jyreffe Clark

MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Three Lee-Davis High School students have been arrested and charged in the murder of one of their classmates. 17-year-old Jyreffe Clark was shot and killed Sunday afternoon.

One of these teens is charged with first degree murder and is being held without bond. The other two face accessory to murder charges and were given a $5,000 bond.

Right now police are still trying to figure out why one of these teens may have opened fire. The medical examiner says Clark died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

Police say this all happened in the 6400 block of Lark Way in Mechanicsville. Police say three of Clark's high school classmates shot him and then moved his body from the home to a neighboring yard.

Morgan Hall babysits across the street. She says this sleepy street was full of police detectives Sunday afternoon.

"There was crime scene tape everywhere," Hall said.  "(It was) pretty sad, pretty scary."

Seventeen year-old Franklin Robertson is charged with first degree murder. Seventeen year-old Laquan Tullis and 18 year-old Michael Thompson is are charged with accessory to murder.

All three made their first court appearances Monday. Their families had no comment after the hearing.

News of the death of one student and the arrest of three others is tough to hear for many people in the Lee-Davis community.

"Wow," Hall said. "It really hit close to (home). They were Lee Davis High School students. I had gone to Lee Davis and to know it was boys and 17 years-old was just sad and scared and shocking."

We stopped by Clark's home Monday afternoon. His family was visibly upset and did not want to talk with us.

Right now police are not releasing many details about the circumstances that led to the shooting, including a possible motive.

Grief counselors are available at Lee Davis High School this week from 8 to 4.

A statement released by Hanover Schools reads in part: "There are no words that can adequately express our sorrow for the loss of one of our Lee-Davis High School students. Hanover County Public Schools and the Lee-Davis High School community extend our heartfelt sympathies to Jyreffe's family and friends at this very difficult time."

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