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Family of Comeaux High senior Matthew Carter issues statement

Posted at 11:27 AM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 19:14:57-05

UPDATE: The family of Matthew Carter, the Comeaux High senior who was shot by two teens who allegedly wanted his car, has issued a statement.

Here's the family post:

LAFAYETTE, La. - Matthew Carter, the Comeaux High senior who was shot during an attempted armed robbery has died at a local hospital.

Police found Carter in his vehicle on January 18, at 2:31 a.m. seated inside of his vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound, according to Cpl. Bridgette Dugas, spokesperson for the Lafayette Police Department.

Charges for the two teens, ages 13 and 14, have been upgraded to first-degree murder. Both remain in custody.

The Lafayette Parish School System is sending grief counselors to the school.

LPSS released this statement on Carter's death:

Our deepest condolences go out to Matthew's family and friends. We will continue to offer support to the students and staff at Comeaux High School during this difficult time.

Here are some of the students, gathered around Matthew's parking spot. Photo courtesy Abagayle Baldwin

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