UPDATE: Teen shot to death on South Bend's south side
Posted: Feb 28, 2012 12:50 AM EST | Updated: Nov 5, 2014 6:12 PM EST
SOUTH BEND, Ind.--The mood at Washington High School was somber on Monday as students grieved the loss of senior, Chris Simril.
"Everybody was really silent today,” said junior, Mercedez Bueno. “Nobody really said a lot."
"As soon as we walked in school, it was a mood like, no one wanted to talk,” said Simril’s classmate, Houston Anderson. “No one wanted to- it was like we didn't want to cry, but we couldn't help it."
Anderson has known Simril for years and said Simril was always smiling, and always encouraging.
"The way he influenced me- he was the kind of person that would tell you to focus in class,” said Anderson. “If you got off task, he'd be the one to tell you’ve got do this or you’ve got do that. He really helped me out in my harder classes."
Simril's good nature is one of the many reasons his death was such a shock for students.
"I never remember him getting into any trouble at all. So it just doesn't make sense."
Anderson and Simril lived just down the street from each other: another reason the pieces of this crime aren't adding up.
"We both- we're over here- on this side of town. So, it doesn’t make sense. I don’t even know why he went over there."
Anderson says the scariest part for him is, if this could happen to Simril, it could happen to anyone.
"He focused in school. [He] got along with everybody. He did everything he had to do and nothing wrong and somebody took his life. That's what nobody can understand."
An autopsy on Monday revealed that Simril died from multiple gunshots to the head.
As of Monday night, police had no suspects in custody.