Brandon Holveck - The News Journal
As residents of the Newport Terrace Apartments headed to work Monday morning, many struggled with what happened there two days earlier when a 15-year-old girl was shot and killed.
Delaware State Police have identified the girl as Emoni Rivers-Boyd. Police found her dead at the apartment complex, off West Justis Street in Newport, shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday.
"Last couple days it's been a little crazy," said Charles Hindsley, who lives with his two daughters in a building adjacent to where Rivers-Boyd was shot. "I worry about their families. It's just tragic."
Delaware State Police and Newport police are conducting a homicide investigation. They have not released information regarding a suspect or how the shooting occurred.
Neighbors said Rivers-Boyd was among a group of kids partying in a first-floor apartment Saturday night. She did not live at the complex.
It's unclear how or why she was shot. Most of the group scrambled out of the building and ran away after the shooting occurred, according to Hindsley.
"One minute you're sitting there having a good time, and the next minute something tragic like that happens," Hindsley said. "It's terrible."
Hindsley said the group partied regularly on weekends. The morning before the shooting he found shattered bottles on the sidewalk in front of his building.
"The group of kids that were involved that night have been around here for a while," he said.
Rivers-Boyd was in ninth grade at Thomas McKean High School. In a letter to the school Monday morning, McKean Principal Brian Mattix described her as a "wonderful" student who "loved to make her friends laugh."
The school will make special counseling services available to students beginning Tuesday once classes resume after the Presidents Day holiday.
"There will be a variety of emotions and responses to what has occurred," Mattix said. "The most important thing we can do is to be supportive of one another and encourage an open expression of feelings."
Four 15-year-olds have been shot so far this year in Delaware, according to Delaware Online/The News Journal's shooting database. Rivers-Boyd is the second 15-year-old to be killed.
On Jan. 7, Kainami Grant, a 15-year-old from Milford, died after being shot in an alley in Dover. Grant died at the Kent General Hospital after calling 911 to report he had been shot multiple times. He later died at Kent General Hospital.
The Newport apartment complex, which police had swarmed over the weekend, was mostly quiet Monday morning. Police spent Saturday night into Sunday morning at the complex and returned later Sunday to interview residents. The only mark of their investigation that remained Monday was a small piece of police tape.
Most residents didn't know much about the group of partiers or weren't home when the events unfolded Saturday night. Others declined to talk for fear of retaliation.
One neighbor, who asked not to be named, said one of the people involved in the shooting fled to a nearby 7-Eleven. When she learned of what happened in the apartment, her stomach sank
"If it was my girl, I'd want to know who it is," she said. "I hope they find him."