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Georgia high school footballer shot dead while sleeping in his apartment

A south Georgia high school football player died early Friday after he was shot through the walls of his apartment while he was sleeping.

Cenquez Jermaine Perry, 17, was reportedly hit several times by gunshots fired through the outside walls of the building, WTXI said, citing the Quitman Police Department.

Quitman police requested assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and investigators recovered multiple shell casings from outside the building.

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Perry, who played for the Brooks County High School Trojans, was taken to the South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta, where he was pronounced dead.

Our hearts are incredibly heavy today. We will be working with our coaches to provide support for our students and staff.

Posted by Brooks County High School on Friday, August 28, 2020

Witness interviews indicated the shots were fired intentionally at the building.

“Agents and Quitman Police have been conducting interviews from witnesses attempting to identify anyone responsible,” the GBI said in a statement. “Many people are cooperating and have come forward to assist law enforcement with this case.”

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[Featured image: Cenquez Perry/Facebook]