Posted by Tom Fornelli
Darrell Turner, a linebacker about to begin his senior season at Gateway High School (one of the top high school programs in Pennsylvania), was shot and killed in North Carolina on Thursday night. Turner's teammate, junior Thomas Woodson, was also shot in the leg, but will survive the shooting. The duo had been at a shopping center in Durham when they got into an altercation with Gabriel Gamez who then shot them both.
Gateway spokeswoman Cara Zanella confirmed that senior linebacker Darrell Turner was killed and junior quarterback Thomas Woodson was injured in the 10 p.m. shooting in Durham.
"We feel terrible about this situation and our hearts go out to the families involved with this," Zanella said.
Durham police charged Gabriel James Gamez, 22, of San Antonio with murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Police arrested Gamez at a room in a Springhill Suites shortly after 2 a.m. and placed him in Durham County Jail where he is being held without bond.
Police said Woodson was shot in the leg. His injury was not life-threatening, police said. He was transported to Duke University Hospital for treatment.
According to Turner's father, also named Darrell Turner, his son was in North Carolina with Woodson as the teammates were making their way down to Bradenton, Fla., for the IMG Madden 7-on-7 Championships, which begin on Saturday.
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