Charlotte Zaremba

Shooter who killed Charlotte Zaremba identified as an altar boy

The teenage boy who killed 16-year-old by shooting her in her own bedroom has been identified as an altar boy at the Ellicott City parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

On the night of the shooting. Charlotte’s parents picked their daughter up from a New Year’s Eve party and brought her home. At around 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Charlotte’s mom went to check on her daughter when she heard noises coming from the teen’s room. When she opened the door she saw Charlotte attempting to fight off a masked intruder. When the gunman saw Charlotte’s mom, he immediately shot the teen, wounded the mother, and turned the gun on himself.

According to MSN News, Police identified the shooter as Sean Crizer, a 15-year-old who lived with his grandparents. The teenager was a devoted parishioner who attended every mass with his grandmother.

After the shooting on New Year’s Day, a priest from the church, Reverend Erik Arnold, realized that the gunman went to his church, where the teen served as an altar boy. Arnold said that no one would have expected that the quiet, respectful teen could be capable of this heinous crime.

“I was as shocked as everyone else.”

Police are still investigating the shooting, as they do not have a motive yet. They don’t know if Charlotte was target of the boy.

Both teenagers attended Howard High School in Maryland where they were sophomores. Students at the high school have planned a candlelight vigil for Charlotte.

The Zaremba expressed their gratitude for those who have been paying their respects for their daughter.

“We are overwhelmed by the many prayers, tributes, and thoughts that have been sent our way as we mourn the sudden loss of an amazing and caring young woman. We respectfully ask for privacy as we deal with our grief and loss.”

Charlotte’s wake and funeral are planned for Saturday. Donations for the family can be made on her GoFundMe page.

[Feature Photo: Zaremba/Facebook]