Autopsy reports reveal how Lamar HS students died in murder-suicide

By Brittany Taylor - Digital News Editor, Cory McCord - Digital News Editor, Taisha Walker - Reporter
KPRC

Lamar High School will have grief counselors available Friday after two students were found shot to death Thursday at an apartment complex in Upper Kirby, according to police.

HOUSTON - Autopsy reports reveal how two Lamar High School students died in a murder-suicide at an apartment complex in Upper Kirby, according to police.

Police identified 15-year-old Pierce Schwartz as one of the teens who died Friday afternoon. The second teen has now been identified as 15-year-old Samuel Yeargain.

Both students died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Police said they believe the shooting was a murder-suicide and the teens were best friends.

Both teens were found dead around 5 p.m. Nov. 8 inside an apartment in the 3100 block of Buffalo Speedway, police said.

The mother of one of the teens made the discovery, according to police.

Police said the mother was not home at the time of the shooting. The gun used in the shooting was a family-owned gun, police said.

Police said the mother's son was dealing with chronic mental issues.

“She did indicate that he might've (been) going through chronic mental issues,” said HPD Assistant Chief Henry Gaw. “But again, this is all preliminary."

It is not clear what led up to the shooting.

HISD released the following statement:

"The Houston Independent School District is saddened to learn about the tragic deaths of two students from Lamar High School that occurred off-campus. We extend our deepest sympathies to each student’s family and friends, as well as the school community. The district is making grief counselors available at Lamar to assist school administrators and students."

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