A 16-year-old Texas high school student shot himself in front of his classmates during their lunch hour on Tuesday, shortly after posting a suicide letter on Facebook, school officials said.
A student witness at Lanier High School in Austin told the Statesman newspaper that Adrian Alvarez was sitting alone in a courtyard when he pulled a handgun from his hoodie and fired the weapon, Fox News Latino reported.
“We are saddened by this tragic loss,” said Tiffany Young, a spokeswoman for the Austin Independent School District. “Our thoughts are with the family.”
Hours before his death, Adrian posted a suicide letter on Facebook.
“I’m taking my life away…because of I’m tired of being who I am,” he said. “I have given my mom a lot of trouble and pain and I just want to say I’m sorry.”
He asked his friends to look after his young son and the child’s mother, as well as his own mother. He also posted a picture of himself holding a semiautomatic pistol to his face, the Daily Mail reported.
His mother, Maria Consuelo Alcantara, told a local news station that her son called her from school Tuesday afternoon asking to leave early and she said no.
“I love you, Mom,” were the last words he said to her, she said.
Students went to class Wednesday dressed in black and carrying black balloons.
Officials declined to comment on the gun involved in the shooting, including where it came from and how it was able to make its way on campus, Fox News Latino reported.