Fridley High School student dies in shooting accident
A Fridley High School star athlete was killed Friday in an accident shooting, according to police.
Emmanuel Bartuoh, also known to his football coach as the "E-man,", was a quiet leader and a standout player with dreams of a college football scholarship and one day earning a degree, according to the Pioneer Press.
Bartuoh, 18, died of a gunshot wound inside his Fridley town home, where he was watching the state high school football tournament on TV, according to the Pioneer Press.
Samuel Keleih Dennis, a 20-year-old graduate of Fridley High, was booked into the Anoka County Jail on suspicion of second-degree manslaughter after he pointed a semi-automatic gun he didn't know was loaded at his friend, Bartuoh, and pulled the trigger, authorities told the Pioneer Press.
Bartuoh had spoken earlier in the day with a Midwestern college about a football scholarship, according to the Pioneer Press article.
"It doesn't make sense. Oh, God, could this really be happening?" said his older sister, Marthaline Bartuoh, 22 told the Star Tribune. "I can't say it was his time to go, because it's not. It was not his time to go."
According to the Star Tribune, hundreds of students gathered at Fridley High School on Saturday sobbing and hugging each in grief.
"He was a great kid and he's gonna be deeply missed by a lot of people," Bartuoh's football coach, Lambert Brown told the Star Tribune. "Hopefully they can remember him by the good things he did and try to live up to the example that he set."
Fridley High School principal, David Webb said Bartuoh is the first student to die at Fridley High School in 11 years.
The Anoka County attorney's office will review the case. Formal charges against Dennis as well as a court appearance are expected Monday, according to the Pioneer Press.