UPDATE: Waco ISD tightens security, talk of retaliation after murder

POSTED: Monday, April 4, 2011 - 4:20pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

UPDATE -- Police have arrested a suspect for the deadly shooting at Lakewood Villas March 28.

Police say 21-year-old Donnell Cummings was arrested and charged with capital murder and two counts of attempted capital murder.

The capital murder charge is for the deaths of 17-year-old Tyus Sneed and 20-year-old Keenan Hubert. The attempted capital murder charges are for the shooting injury of 22-year-old Marion Bibles and 20-year-old Deontrae Majors.

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WACO -- Waco ISD is tightening security after threats of retaliation for the murder of two teenagers.

Three days have passed since the deadly shooting at Lakewood Villas. Now, community members are gathering around a local memorial, mourning their loss.

17-year-old Tyus Sneed was one of the men shot and killed Monday night.

He was a student at University High before attending an alternative school.

The district says the grieving process has now turned to threats of retaliation.

"It's been brought to our attention that a lot of things have been posted on Facebook and had been text messaged to many of our students about what might occur next," said Waco ISD's Dale Caffey.

The tragedy left Sneed and 20-year-old Keenan Hubert dead and two others in the hospital.

Rebecca Brown and her son live in the complex. She's heard the talk of retaliation and says violence isn't the answer.

"My goal as an individual, a parent and a minister is to reach the children daily, and to let them know that we don't have to go this way. You know, this is our community. There's little children running around here, and we're trying to be an example for them," said Brown.

Waco ISD says they've gotten calls from parents who are worried, and Brown tells us a lot of students have contacted her saying they're scared.

"I have a teenage son. He knew some of the boys, and he was hurt you know. I teach the youth at our church, and yesterday was an outcry. They just cried and expressed how they felt about it," said Brown.

Now, Waco ISD is stepping up security and insists the situation is under control. Students are to go straight into the building to class. There are no more open lunches, officials are keeping a close eye on any activity.

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