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Teen dies in Memorial Day weekend shooting at Benjamin E. Mays High School, 1 other injured

APS said the teens were shot “during an unauthorized gathering” at the driveway exiting the school. Breasia Powell, 16, did not survive.

ATLANTA — Atlanta Police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened Memorial Day weekend at Benjamin E. Mays High School.

Police were called to the school Sunday just before 2:30 a.m. When officers arrived, they found two 16-year-olds shot. 

Both teens were rushed to a nearby hospital; one later died from her injuries. Fulton County officials identified the victim as Breasia Powell.

The second victim, a 16-year-old boy, is stable, police said. 

While police have not said what led up to the shooting, Atlanta Public Schools said in a release that the teens were shot “during an unauthorized gathering” at the driveway exiting the school.

More details about shooting victims released at conference

At a Sunday press conference, Mayor Dickens said the two teens were rising juniors, with Powell expected to work for the City of Atlanta this summer.

"My heart goes out to both families and definitely to the family of the decedent," Dickens said. "This young lady was full of life and was actually expected to start working for the City of Atlanta starting Tuesday on our summer youth employment program."

Dickens, who also attended the high school, urges parents to enroll their children in programs offered through the city's Year of the Youth initiative

The initiative connects kids with after-school programs, internships and nonprofits in the hopes that they'll be less likely to be affected by or involved with gun violence. For more information, click here

Resources for students, parents affected by the shooting

Like Dickens, APS Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring expressed her condolences for those affected by the shooting.

Herring said that mental health resources are available to students via Telehealth. Hazel Health is available by calling 404-383-6806.

Crisis team members will also be at Benjamin E. Mays High School Tuesday for staff and parents. 

Residents' reaction to shooting 

Residents living nearby are saddened to learn about the events that unfolded over the weekend.

"It's almost like what's new but we've got to do something about it," one resident said. "It comes as a shock but that's our youth, that's our future. We've got to do better."

The APD's homicide investigators will handle the case, at the request of APS Police.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-546-577 (TIPS). Currently, a $10,000 reward is being offered for any information that may lead to an arrest.

This is a developing story. Check back often for new information.

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