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Three arrested in murder of Atlee High School student

Xavia Highsmith Xavia Highsmith
Davon Byars Davon Byars
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HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Three arrests in the weekend murder of an Atlee High School Student this weekend. Today police arrested three teenagers and charged each of them with first-degree murder. They're charged in the shooting death of 16-year-old Brett Wells 

Investigators arrested 19-year-old Da'von T. Byars, 18-year-old Kevin M. Drayton Jr. and 18-year-old Xavia S. Highsmith. Each of these three teenagers is in jail tonight, facing a series of charges including first degree murder. Police say these three showed up at Brett Wells' home in Mechanicsville Saturday night looking to buy marijuana. But police say they never planned on buying it - they planned to steal it. Investigators say one of them pulled out a gun and shot Brett in the chest. He died moments later. 

Brett's classmates at Atlee High School were back at school today, mourning his loss and remembering their time with him. 

Duncan Bevan has known Brett since he was a little kid. 

"He wasn't ever prejudice against anybody. He always had something nice to say. Seldom did you see him without a smile on his face. It's hard to say goodbye to him," Bevan said. 

Erin is a junior at Atlee High School. She took chemistry and math with Brett. This weekend she painted a series of goodbye messages to Brett on her car. 

"He would always come by my desk and tap and say 'Hey Erin' and stuff and it's going to be really hard not to have him do that, not to see him walk into class after me," Erin said. 

This is the second shooting death of a Hanover high school student in the last two months. Jyreffe Clark was shot and killed while shooting a music video with classmates, just before Christmas. 

"It scares me a lot. I just don't want to lose anyone else, whether I know them or not, it's just not good," added Erin. 

Brett's friend was also shot Saturday night but was not seriously hurt. His family is also expected to attend tonight's vigil. If you want to attend tonight's vigil, it begins at 7:00. It's at New Song Church, 7450 Colt's Neck Road in Mechanicsville.

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