A NEW Jersey high school community is reeling after a shooting at the school's athletic field left one student dead and injured another.
High school junior Moussa Fofana, 18, was fatally shot at the Columbia High School's Underhill athletic field on Sunday night, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said.
Fofana and another student were at the field in Maplewood around 9:40PM on Sunday when shots rang out, striking both Fofana and a male student.
The prosecutor's office said Fofana died at the scene about 40 minutes later.
The other student was struck in the leg and was rushed to a nearby hospital.
"Moussa was adored and cherished at MMS," said Suzanne Fein, one of Fofana's Maplewood Middle School teachers. "Our community is devastated to learn of this tragic loss of a beautiful soul."
"Nothing pleased Moussa more than human connection. A student who never went without a thank you and a kind smile, grateful for all who engaged with him," Fein continued. "A positive light in our world has dimmed, and our hearts are forever saddened."
Columbia High School Principal Frank Sanchez wrote to teachers at the time of the shooting: "a few of our students were in a horrible situation last night at Underhill Field."
"It looks like a student may have died," he wrote.
In a letter to parents the following day, Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor said the tragedy is hard to understand.
"This inconceivable calamity is undoubtedly a devastating blow to our students, staff and community," Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor wrote.
No arrests have been made as police continue to investigate the shooting.
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