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Crisis counselors at school after student's death

Crisis counselors at school after student's death
Posted April 21st, 2014 @ 9:20am by The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) --Students and other community members are mourning the death of a high school football player who police say was killed over the weekend while trying to break up an altercation in a parking lot.

Springfield police Chief Stephen Moody called the killing of 17-year-old Jeff Wellington a "cowardly act." Wellington was shot when he tried to resolve a dispute in the parking lot of an apartment complex at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday. He was flown to a hospital where he died.

Moody said Wellington hadn't been directly involved in the conflict, but he was shot by a gunman who fled. Police didn't immediately release other details, but they asked for the public's help.

Wellington was a junior and a standout running back for the Springfield High School Wildcats football team. Schools superintendent David Estrop said 25 to 30 crisis counselors were called in to be available Monday for students, staff and parents.

Hundreds of people turned out Sunday night for a candlelight vigil, where students shared stories about Wellington. Friends described him as outgoing and happy, appearing to have a bright future.

"I just hope that people remember the good side of Jeff, to remember how fun and goofy he was to be around and not so much sadness, because I knew he wouldn't want that to be like that," senior Jessica McDaniel said.

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