KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – As Trotwood Police investigate what caused a double homicide, Kettering residents are mourning the two victims.
Trotwood shooting victim, 16-year old Antoine Jones was a sophomore at Fairmont High School. The other victim, 20-year old Fausto Sosa is described as a good young man with a bright future ahead of him.
Grief counselors were on hand at Fairmont Wednesday afternoon following the deadly shooting. Both victims were found dead in a running car on Curundu Avenue Monday night.
“An issue like this is sad and it’s one that’s disheartening, but the community will come together and wrap ourselves around this family,” said Kettering City Schools superintendent, Scott Inskeep.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Trotwood Captain John Porter said it’s possible the two victims were shooting each other, but couldn’t say for sure what happened.
The news comes as a blow to staff and students at Fairmont High School.
“In my business, especially, you hope you never have to deal with something like this and 16 is young. Anytime you lose a child it’s just a horrific thing,” said Inskeep who has worked for the district since 2014.
Jones transferred from Miamisburg High School to Fairmont last year. School officials describe him as a good student who never got in trouble.
“He was in college prep classes and was on track to graduate on time,” said Inskeep.
Friends of Sosa describe him as a happy, working, young man.
“The potential that he had just from regular conversations we used to have around the house was ridiculous. He always had a smile on his face,” said 24-year old Dominic Gaskin, who met Sosa at a college party a few years ago.
Gaskin says Sosa had just moved to Trotwood not too long ago.
Trotwood Police say the shooting could be drug related, but Gaskin says that just doesn’t sound like the person he knew.
“When I heard about what happened, it’s just crazy, the whole story they are coming up with now just doesnt sound like something he would be in to,” said Gaskin, a Kettering resident.
For Inskeep, in his 14-year career, this is the first time a student has died in a shooting. He says in today’s world, tragedies like this one are too common.
“Culturally, we have to be prepared for anything to happen at any time,” said Inskeep.
As for where the investigation stands, 2 NEWS reporter, Maytal Levi called the Trotwood Police Department, but hasn’t heard back yet. We’ll update the story as more information is released.