STERLING, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — The Loudoun County high school junior who was shot and killed by a homeowner in Sterling early Sunday morning lived just a few doors down from the house, leading some to believe that his entering the home was a simple mistake.
According to Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Caleb A. Gordley was a 16-year-old student at Park View High School.
Police say Gordley may have been drinking alcohol with friends Saturday night, but the office is awaiting a toxicology report from the medical examiner’s office. A rear window that was found open is believed to be Gordley’s point of entry.
The teen’s friends say he may have accidentally entered his neighbor’s home, unaware that he was in the wrong house after a night out.
The shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the 45900 block of Pullman Court. Authorities said the resident reported finding an unknown male on the stairwell after the home’s security alarm sounded. Gordley died on the scene.
The name of the homeowner was not released, and no charges have been filed. The home is located on a suburban cul-de-sac near Route 28 and Route 7.
At the school Monday, students participated in a moment of silence.
“He was absolutely a great student-athlete. Extremely enthusiastic,” said Gordley’s basketball coach Mike Koscinski. “Everyone’s just devastated.”
Police still are investigating the incident.
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