Killed JROTC Cadet is mourned

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

Students at South Laurel High School return to classes Monday for the first time since the alleged murder of a freshman.

Police say when argument between 15 year-old Craig Hammock and another juvenile escalated, the suspect shot Hammock, killing him.

Hammock was a cadet in the JROTC at the high school. Colonel Mark Jones said Hammock was a shy, but polite young man and a good student.

"Quiet mostly. He paid attention in class, and never misbehaved," Jones said.

When Jones first learned of the shooting Saturday night, he was in shock.

"It's tragic that a young man's life was cut short. That's what struck me the most," Jones said.

He says several cadets have called for comfort, and are devastated over Hammock's death.

"There just aren't any words to describe it, but we'll have to do that for Craig's friends," Jones said.

Principal Regina Bishop says there will be grief counselors available for anyone at the high school on Monday and there will also be a moment of silence at 2:00.

"He was just a polite young man. I know he will be missed by his classmates and my heart is broken for his family," Jones said.

The suspect remains in custody, charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence. State police are still investigating the incident.

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