Caleb Gordley shot and killed in Sterling
Updated: March 18, 2013 - 05:27 pm
An investigation into what exactly led to the Sunday morning shooting of a 16-year-old at a Sterling home continues, but details are still murky as to what exactly happened.
Loudoun County Sheriff's officials say that between 2:30 and 3 a.m. Sunday, a homeowner in the 4500 block of Pullman Court shot and killed a juvenile intruder.
Before the shooting, an alarm was activated inside the home, and the homeowner says he discovered 16-year-old Caleb A. Gordley on the stairwell.
Gordley lived two doors down from the home - both of which look similar. Authorities add he had been drinking earlier that evening.
Gordley's father, Shawn Gordley, said on his Twitter account his son entered the neighbor's house by mistake and was simply confused.
The Park View High School student reportedly entered the house through a window, authorities say.
At the school Monday, students participated in a moment of silence. Many were wearing orange, Gordley's favorite color.
"He was absolutely a great student-athlete. Extremely enthusiastic," said Gordley's basketball coach Mike Koscinski. "Everyone's just devastated."
Neighbors say the homeowner is a volunteer firefighter. When ABC7 called the closest firehouse, the person who answered said no one was permitted to say anything.
Tributes are pouring into social media sites where people are passing on condolences to a local family for the loss of their son.
"I know it's an intruder but I don't see why your first instinct is to shoot somebody,” said Parkview High School graduate Tyler Henderson.
Henderson says he played basketball with the victim only a few days ago. He and Parkview student Caroline Zomparelli say they heard that the young man accidentally went into the house after coming home from a party.
"It's so shocking…it can happen so quickly,” Zomparelli said.
Sterling resident Jeremy Early said the entire scenario sounds tragic, but he stresses that if the homeowner was caught off guard in the middle of the night by an intruder, the homeowner had the right to defend himself.
"I don't want to lay blame on anybody. It's a horrible situation,” said Sterling resident Jeremy Early. "It's sad that it was a neighborhood boy…and your family."
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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