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Brenden Wilson killed near Woodbridge High School, 3 sought
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WOODBRIDGE, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police
are hoping to make an arrest soon in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old student from Woodbridge Senior High School.

Brenden Wilson was gunned down next to the school along a pathway through some woods at around 4:30 p.m. Monday. I
t's not clear whether Wilson was just walking home from school, or whether something else was going on.

Police are searching for three young males, one white and two black, who were seen fleeing the scene on Oakwood Drive in a pickup truck. Nearby residents heard six to seven shots.

"I heard the gunshots, very loud, large caliber gun," said Gerry King, who lives next to the path. He may have seen the gunman running away. King looked into the woods, saw Wilson's body and called 911.

Gabby Chebat, a student at Woodbridge, says Brenden sat right behind her in their math class. She last saw him a few weeks ago.

"I said 'Brenden why haven't you been in class? He said, 'It's hard, Gabby' I said, 'I know it's hard, but we're going to graduate next year.' And that's the last time I talked to him," Chebat told WUSA9's Peggy Fox.

King and others in the neighborhood say the woods near the high school are a big problem.

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"It is easier for kids to buy um, weed than alcohol and they usually do it right there. Which it why I don't understand why police don't sit out there and watch them," said neighbor Donna Aucoin.

A sign posted high on a tree in the woods that reads "No Loitering Police Take Notice," is completely ignored, according to neighbors.

Gerry King described the woods as an open air drug market.

"Let's just say I'm not out here 100% of the time, but usually two or three times a week I see drug transactions occurring," said King. He said his home and others nearby have been vandalized and burglarized.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting. Brenden Wilson's step father said the boy had some problems, but was a good boy and didn't deserve what happened to him.

"We lost another member of the Viking family. It's really hard," said Heigha Hrafngam, a student at Woodbridge. Her mother Linda Rollins brought her and her friend Gabby to lay flowers for Brenden at the scene of the shooting.

"My daughter walks this cut every day. That's what hits home for me. The only thing I can say is you never know. Hug your kids. It's enough. Enough is enough. He was 16-years-old. Whether a brother or a so. He didn't go home yesterday. It's hard," Rollins said.


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