SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — Springfield Police are investigating a deadly shooting that claimed the life of a high school football star.
Officers said the shooting happened around 2:45 a.m. Sunday in the 2300 block of North Limestone Street.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim as 17-year-old Jeffrey Wellington of Springfield.
Police said Wellington was shot outside an apartment complex. He later died at Miami Valley Hospital.
A vigil brought hundreds of students, parents, and community members to the Springfield High School football field to say goodbye to Wellington Easter night .
“It’s just really hard. I think everyone is still in shock,” said Senior, Jessica McDaniel.
Wellington, a running back for the Springfield Wildcat football team, was described as outgoing and a friend to many.
“Tomorrow is going to be hard. It’s going to be quiet in a lot of classes. I just hope people remember the good side of Jeff,” said McDaniel.
Classmates are in shock that he was shot outside this apartment complex early Easter morning.
“I don’t see why anyone would want to do something like that to him, especially someone who had a lot going for him like he did,” said Chris Armitage.
The loss has hit the entire Springfield community. School leaders are ready to help.
“They are a very tight nit family and the loss of anyone from that family: teachers, staff members, students, parents, is felt by almost all the students.” said Dr. David Estrop.
The school issued a statement that read, “We extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family of Jeff Wellington, who lost his life early this morning. He was a student at Springfield High and we will have members of our crisis team, including counselors, available for staff and students. Since this tragic event did not occur at school nor at a school function, and it is subject of an ongoing police investigation, we have no further comment at this time. We are cooperating fully with the Springfield Police Division in this investigation.”
Officers are still investigating his death and confirm they have no one in custody.
Police said they will hold a news conference Monday at 2:30 p.m. to dis