Students at Rock Falls High School wore black and green in honor of a freshman boy killed over the weekend in what police call an accidental shooting at the home of an Illinois state trooper.
Police say Matthew Anderson, 15, was shot accidentally at the home of a close friend in Rock Falls. The home is the residence of a state police officer.
“It’s just a sad day here at Rock Falls,” said senior Trenden Schwindenhammer, who was dressed in his black and green varsity jacket in memory of Anderson. “It’s quiet, I’ve seen a couple of people crying.”
Counselors were on hand in the high school library Monday, March 3, to help students and staff who wanted to talk about their feelings.
“There’s tons of counselors, not just from Rock Falls and Sterling, but from all over,” Schwindenhammer said.
Superintendent Ron McCord said a crisis team has been mobilized and “additional counseling and support services will be available” as long as necessary.
“Rock Falls Township High School is saddened by the accidental death of one of our students on Saturday, March 1. A freshman student was accidentally shot and killed while at the home of a close friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those in our community who are affected by this tragedy,” McCord said in a written statement.
Anderson had just turned 15 on February 12, and was on the freshman basketball and baseball teams at Rock Falls High School.
Illinois State Police investigators out of Rockford are handing the case. They aren’t saying if the gun involved belonged to the trooper or how the teens accessed the weapon.