Mayor to meet with Lamar students in wake of deadly shootings
Mayor Sylvester Turner is scheduled to meet with several Lamar High School students on Tuesday following two deadly shootings near campus this month.
One of the students who will speak with Turner wrote the mayor a letter after a Nov. 13 shooting killed an 18-year-old senior, prompting a campus-wide lockdown. Turner will also meet with other student leaders, according to the mayor’s office.
The meeting comes at the tail end of a deadly month for the River Oaks-area high school. On Nov. 13, De’Lindsey Mack was shot to death in what police believe was a targeted attack about a block from campus.
And a week before, on Nov. 8, two 15-year-old boys died in an apparent murder-suicide at The Park at River Oaks, about a half-mile from the school. According to the Harris County Medical Examiner, Samuel Yeargain killed his best friend, Pierce Schwartz, then turned the gun on himself at his apartment.
The two instances of gun violence have sparked a flurry of student and parent concern at Lamar High School. Just days after the shooting, worried parents met with district leaders to address security issues, and administrators promised heightened security efforts through the end of the school year.
Mack’s slaying has driven much of the conversation. The shooting occurred during the school day and caused a lockdown that lasted about two hours, both at Lamar and St. John’s High School across the street.
Mack was leaving school for the day when three people confronted him and a 15-year-old girl around 12:15 p.m. A masked gunman opened fire as Mack stood on the sidewalk outside the Bethany Christian Church parking lot, police said. When Mack went down, the gunman stood over him and fired more shots.
The gunmen fled in a four-door, black Subaru with paper license plates, according to police. The back passenger side window was covered with a plastic bag.
Police said immediately after the shooting that gang activity might have been involved, although it wasn’t identified as the definite cause. Police Chief Art Acevedo later told Channel 13 that there’s a gang war in Houston.
Mack’s father and pastor both said that Mack himself wasn’t a gang member. Instead, he cultivated a persona on social media that portrayed himself to be in a gang, leading to his death, they said.
Police reports obtained by the Houston Chronicle show that Mack’s mother lodged two complaints that her son was being threatened — once in 2016 and once in April of this year. The earlier complaint referenced a gang member.