- The Washington Times - Monday, September 15, 2003

Alexandria police are investigating the beating death of a T.C. Williams High School junior.

Investigators said several teenagers attacked Schuyler Hamilton Jones, 16, but they think the attack was unplanned and unrelated to gang violence.

Police found Schuyler at 11 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of King Street at Old Town Market Square. He had apparently hit his head on the pavement during the attack, said Lt. John Crawford of the Alexandria Police Department.

Schuyler was taken to Inova Alexandria Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:55 p.m.

The death is being investigated as a homicide, awaiting the findings of an autopsy today.

Amy Bertsch, police spokeswoman, described the market as a “popular gathering place.”

Investigators are questioning witnesses and looking for others who might have more information, including some youths believed to have been with Schuyler.

Barbara Hunter, spokeswoman for Alexandria public schools, said the more than 2,000 students at T.C. Williams will be told about their classmate’s death during an announcement this morning over the public address system. She said the students also will observe a moment of silence following the announcement, then resume classes as “normal as possible.”

Administrators plan to have additional grief counselors for the students, Mrs. Hunter said.

Schuyler was a member of the T.C. Williams rowing crew. The school has classes for 10th- through 12th-graders and is popularly known as “TC.”

Police and school officials withheld the victim’s home address at the request of his parents.

The attackers fled the scene as police and an ambulance arrived.

“We are trying to determine a motive,” Miss Bertsch said.

Investigators have some good leads and believe Schuyler knew his attackers, but it was unclear whether they also were T.C. Williams students, Lt. Crawford said.

Anybody who witnessed the assault or has other information should call Alexandria police at 703/838-4444.

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