Spartanburg Dist. 7 mourns another unexpected death after senior accidentally shot

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Friends and family are remembering Caleb Roach, a Spartanburg High School senior killed in what appears to be an accidental shooting.

This is the latest death in a district that has been rocked by one tragedy after another   this past year. 
The family of 18-year-old Caleb Roach says he was passionate about ROTC, music and looking forward to graduating from Spartangburg High in the Spring.

But last night, while in a moving car, the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s office says a gun went off and Caleb was fatally shot.

“I know all of this is under investigation we’ve been told it was accidental, a brother in the car with him so, I’m really thinking about his brother and his friend that were in that car with him. So a lot of people hurting and confused and asking why right now,” said Dr. Russell Booker, the Superintendent of Spartanburg School District 7.

Dr. Booker says he spoke to Caleb’s mother who plans to return his body to their home town of Memphis Tennesee, where he will be burried.

“Just hearing about it, my heart really goes out to the family, it’s one of those things, no parent wants to get the phone call,” said Shanika Turner, a Spartanburg parent.

The District has already suffered so much loss over the last year, 3 faculty and now 3 students all unexpected deaths.

“I think what’s difficult for our losses, they’ve al been sudden losses, unexpected, tragic type losses whether it’s a blood clot or a car striking you or a gun going off accidentally so people cope different ways,” said Dr. Booker.

The Sheriff’s office is holding off on sharing details for now, but Jack Logan with “Put Down The Guns Now Young People” says whatever made that gun go off in the moving car is a message to us all.

“If you are riding in a car and you think you need to put your gun on safety, make sure that you are alone when you do that,” said Logan. 

“We are all standing in prayer with the family,” said Turner.

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