La. Teen Was Fatally Shot While Getting off School Bus: 'We Are All Devastated'

Malikai Doucet, 19, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Jaylin Joiner



A Louisiana high school student was fatally shot while getting off a school bus last week, according to reports.

Jaylin Joiner, an 18-year-old high school student at Carencro High School, was shot while exiting his school bus, police said, according to KATC-TV, KLFY-TV and KADN News 15.

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office told KATC-TV that officers responded to a report of a shooting that occurred shortly after 3 p.m. on Friday, March 1, and when they arrived on the scene they found Jaylin with a gunshot wound.

He was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to the outlet, and later died from his injuries.

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Malikai Doucet, 19, was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting, and his bond was set at $35,000, police said. Police have not discussed a motive and have said that more arrests are expected.

It's not immediately clear if Doucet has retained an attorney or entered a plea.

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Jaylin's grandmother, Thea Boudreaux, set up a GoFundMe to raise funds for the teenager’s funeral and to help his mother with expenses.

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“We are all devastated by [the] loss of Jaylin, a young man taken from us too soon to a senseless act of violence, gunned down on the school bus,” Boudreaux wrote on the website. “Jaylin was heading for only the best in life, going to school, working, and helping with his siblings.”

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On Monday, a candlelight vigil was held in memory of Jaylin by several members of the community and lawmakers. Carencro Mayor Charlotte Clavier described the incident as “very shocking to the community,” per KATC-TV,

“I pray for those students and the bus driver on that bus,” she continued, per the outlet. “This is a beautiful community, and we are not accustomed to this here.”

The shooting is still under investigation by police. Officers told KATC-TV that they expect additional arrests will be made.

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