High School Prom Tragedy Leaves Teenager Dead

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. – A high school student was shot and killed in Arkansas early Sunday morning, following his school’s prom. Lorenzo Harrison III, an 18-year-old senior at Central High School in Helena-West Helena, was gunned down outside an after-party in West Helena. The alleged shooter, 19-year-old Donterious Stephens, a former graduate of the same high school, has been charged with first-degree murder and possession of firearms.

The motive behind the shooting remains unclear, and Arkansas State Police are investigating the incident. The school district expressed their condolences and offered support to the grieving family and the entire school community affected by this tragic act of violence. Immediate counseling services were made available at Central High School for students and staff in need.

Authorities announced that Stephens was in custody and being held in the Phillips County jail. The Arkansas State Crime Lab will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of Harrison’s death. The incident has left the community devastated and searching for answers.

Tony Roach, the principal of Central High School, sent a letter to the faculty and staff, expressing sorrow over the loss of a student’s life and offering support services to help them cope. The community has been urged to come together during this difficult time and show support for one another.

This tragic event serves as a somber reminder of the need for increased safety measures and support systems in schools. As the investigation continues, the community hopes for justice and healing in the wake of this senseless act.