Frenship students mourn fallen classmate - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Frenship students mourn fallen classmate

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock police are still seeking answers tonight as they search for the driver who hit and killed a Frenship student.

A passing driver found 17-year-old Connor Mercer dead on Upland Road near 87th Street around 3:30 Sunday morning.

Friends say Mercer was at a party down the street from where he was found and decided to walk home.

Now police are trying to find out who hit Connor and left him in the street.

Mercer's death was a shock to the Frenship High School student body, who spent Monday mourning their friend and classmate.

"We had about 200 students, on their own, come together before school started to just be together to provide some support and be able to cry on someone else's shoulder," Frenship District Spokesman Andy Penny said. 

Skyler Fuller had a class with Connor and went to the vigil Monday morning.

"The sister was there and she was sitting in the car bawling the whole time. There was one part where we had four or five groups go over there and pray for her. We just laid hands on her to tell her God's with him," Fuller said.
 
Penny describes Connor as a school leader, involved in basketball and golf.

"He was involved, he was a part of the Frenship school district and part of that high school. He wore the blue and gold proudly," Penny said.

As friends and family continue to grieve, the Lubbock police homicide and accident investigation divisions are both working the case.

Frenship ISD will have counselors available all week for any student who needs them.

Police say they are waiting for the toxicology report to see if Connor had been drinking that night.

Police are asking the public for help as they search for the driver who hit Connor. If you witnessed this accident or know anything about it, you can call Crime Line at 741-1000.

Callers can remain anonymous.

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