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Additional grief counselors on hand after Grovetown teen shot

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Published: Feb. 27, 2017 at 4:48 AM EST
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Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Additional counselors and school psychologists are on site at Grovetown High School after a teen was shot over the weekend.

Columbia County School Superintendent Dr. Sandra Carraway said because the incident happened over the weekend, most of the shock and initial grief among students and staff will have already taken place, but many will likely need or want to talk with someone.

Jordan Middleton, 17, is dead after deputies say he tried sneaking into a home to visit a teen girl, and was shot by her father .A vigil was held for Middleton at the school on Sunday night.


Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017

GROVETOWN, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A vigil was held for 17-year-old Jordan Middleton at Grovetown High School Sunday night.

Middleton, 17, is dead after deputies say he tried sneaking into a home to visit a teen girl, and was shot by her father.

Middleton's best friend, Trelen Murphy, put together the vigil and made shirts in memory of him. Murphy said a lot of people knew Middleton, and it was hard not to like him

"He would be like 'what's up? hey, what's up,' and he has like this voice you could never forget it's like so deep," Murphy said. "Everybody knows Jordan for his smile and for his laugh. It's contagious."

Murphy said he did not believe it when he found out about Jordan's death Saturday morning.

"It was just devastating to know that I can never see his face again," Murphy said.

Murphy made shirts with a picture of Middleton on it and the hashtag, #jojoworld, on the back. Murphy said he wanted everyone to be able to come out and celebrate his best friend, who also made a big impact on many others.

"I just want everyone to remember Jordan as this loving, caring, like this happy, fun spirit," Murphy said. "I want them to remember Jordan as he was, just special."

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