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Grant County Middle School teen's death under investigation

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Ben Katko) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Ben Katko)
(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Ben Katko) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Ben Katko)
DRY RIDGE, KY (FOX19) -

A Northern Kentucky community is mourning as police try to figure out who fired a bullet that killed a 14-year-old girl.

Talk among family members is that it may have been a suicide pact that led to her death, but police say that's only speculation right now.

A neighbor living near the shooting scene who wishes to stay anonymous tells FOX19 NOW that the deceased is Courtney Thompson.

"It's just a perfect neighborhood - perfect neighborhood. For this to happen here, close to home, it just blows me away,” that neighbor said.

That man says Thompson is a friend of his daughter.

"She's just so young. She's 14. She had her whole life ahead of her,” he said.

A memorial now sits on Redwood Drive near the shooting scene. The neighbor who identified the victim to FOX19 NOW says she and his daughter had plans for Thursday.

"My daughter asked me yesterday, 'Hey dad, do you mind if me and Courtney go to the park tomorrow? Will you take us?' I'm like, 'Yeah. No problem.' Obviously it didn't happen,” he said.

Police are still sorting through evidence, trying to answer mounting questions. They're interviewing someone they think knows about the shooting, but aren't saying if that person is a witness or suspect.

"We're working very diligently on this case. We don't know all the facts that led to it. We don't know any of that yet,” said Lt. Rick Saint-Blancard with the Kentucky State Police.

The victim in the incident is a student at Grant County Middle School. On Thursday, school officials sent a letter to parents that read, “

“It is with deep sadness that the Grant County School District must inform you of the passing of one of our students.

While this family has requested and deserves privacy during this difficult time, we do feel that we must communicate to parents what their students have experienced today.

Dealing with loss is very difficult for our young people and our staff, as well. A number of counselors were available to our students throughout the day today and they will continue to be present as needed. If your child needs individual assistance, please feel free to contact the school. Attached to this letter is a brochure that provides guidance as students deal with their loss. We encourage you review this document, to be available and pro-active in talking with your child as he/she works through this time of grief.

Finally, we ask that your thoughts and prayers be with this family, our students, and our faculty and staff as we struggle with the loss of this precious, young life and face the difficult days that lie ahead,” wrote Superintendent Ronald Livingood.

Investigators have not yet determined if the incident is a suicide, homicide or something else.

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