Lubbock teen dead after hit and run


Friends and family are mourning the loss of a Frenship High School junior after an early morning hit and run. Lubbock Police say a driver found 17-year-old Connor Mercer dead on Upland Road near 87th Street around 3:30 Sunday morning.

A friend says Connor was a party on 87th Street Saturday night and decided to walk home. His body was found on the road less than a block from where the party was.

Police say it looks like a hit and run and that a possible suspect could still be out there. While many questions surround Connor's death, both LPD's homicide and accident investigation divisions are working the case.

Police are also waiting on Connor's toxicology report to see if he had been drinking that night.

As police continue to look for answers as to what happened to Connor, Frenship ISD officials are taking steps to give students answers when they return to school on Monday.

"It's tough. It's a tough day for Frenship that's for sure," said Andy Penney with Frenship ISD. "Our administration staff met earlier this afternoon just to make sure we had the right personnel in place to make sure our students and our staff who are grieving have proper counseling services."

In addition to the five high school counselors, Penney says there will be three extra counselors stationed at the high school this week. All other counselors in the district will also be on call if needed. "Words can't express our sympathies for what's happened. We're sending up our prayers to his family. We're available to help our students and staff and family get through this, whatever we can do," said Penney.

Penney says Connor was well known throughout the high school and will be missed greatly. "It'll be a tough week. Connor was such an exceptional kid. The kid had so much school spirit, so well respected by all of his peers there at the high school," he said.

Counselors will continue to be on hand for as long as students and faculty need them.

If you have any information on Connor's death, Police ask that you call Crimeline at 806-741-1000. You can remain anonymous.

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