published Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Chattanooga teenager dies from gunshot wounds

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    Ollie “Trey” Peters died of a gunshot wound but his family donated his organs.
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For a week and a half, Ollie "Trey" Peters was a high school freshman.

But now he'll never go to prom, play varsity sports or get his diploma.

"We didn't have very long to get to know him," said Carol Goss, principal at Tyner Academy.

The lanky, fresh-faced teen who loved wearing Hollister brand clothing, died Tuesday at a local hospital. He was shot in the back of the head just before 6:30 a.m. Sunday in front of a residence at 1209 Sheridan Ave., according to Chattanooga police.

His family donated his organs.

"No family should have to experience what they are going through now," Goss said.

Counselors were available to talk to students who learned of his death, she said.

On the social media site Twitter, friend @BankRoll_Gerald wrote, "Didn't Even Get To Tell Him Good Bye. "Can't Nobody Say They Feel My Pain."

Residents in Avondale didn't want to comment Tuesday, but none seemed surprised by the latest bloodshed.

The area where Peters was shot is known for fatal shootings.

In 2011, less than a block away, 25-year-old Ronald Blackmon was shot in the head while standing at the corner of Sheridan Avenue and Wilson Street. On Tuesday, more than two years later, tattered and faded stuffed animals -- a makeshift memorial -- still marked the spot.

In 2012, 38-year-old Steve D. Mosley was gunned down inside a duplex on Hawthorne Street just one block over.

Peters is just the newest face.

At 15, he is also the youngest homicide victim of 2013 to date. Another high school student, Lamunta Williams, 16, who attended the Howard School, was shot and killed in March. Williams would have turned 17 on Tuesday.

Peters' death marks the 16th homicide of the year in the city of Chattanooga and 11th shooting death. There were 13 homicides at the same time last year, records show.

Police are still searching for suspect leads. Anyone with information is asked to call Chattanooga police at 698-2525.

Contact staff writer Beth Burger at bburger@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6406. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/abburger

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