Bloomington homicide investigation continues

By Alyssa Donovan

January 22, 2013 Updated Jan 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- Police continue to piece together the details leading up to the shooting death of teenager.

The fatal shooting that claimed the life of 16-year-old Kuantrae Massey came as a huge shock to those who knew him.

Regional Alternative School Director Glen Hoffman said, "His teachers always talked about how respectful he was, what a great job he did in class. The biggest comment they made was he was always one to walk in the door with a smile on his face."

Massey died Monday afternoon after being shot at Danbury Court Apartments in southwest Bloomington. Massey was pronounced dead at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center at 3:19 p.m.

Autopsy results confirm his death was a result of being shot by another person. No details are being released regarding the location or number of shots as the shooting is still under investigation.

Police have cordoned off the crime scene and are still searching for evidence and the weapon used in the murder.

"When the first officers got there they didn't find anything as far as the car is concerned, no possible suspects, said Bloomington Police Department Public Affairs Officer David White. "They did find evidence near one of the apartments and in one of the apartments where there was blood evidence. This was our assumption that this was the crime scene where the shooting had taken place."

White says witnesses called to report a loud argument happening at the complex and later saw the victim carried out to a car, the car then sped away.

Massey was a student at the Regional Alternative School in Bloomington. Massey's Social Studies teacher Brian O’Kraski says the boy was always in a good mood and got along with pretty much everyone.

"Trae was a very good kid, this was a senseless tragedy he was way too young. Our hearts go out to his family as a staff here…we are still kind of in shock," said O'Kraski.

Hoffman says in the 26 years the alternative school program has been available, nothing like this has ever happened.

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