A 14-year-old Richmond teenager died Sunday after an accidental shooting.
The teen has been identified as Robert “Bobby” Douglas Whitlock Jr., grandson of Eastern Kentucky University President Doug Whitlock. He was a student at Clark Moores Middle School.
Maj. Bob Mott of the Richmond Police Department said no charges have been filed in connection with the shooting. Mott confirmed that the shooting took place in Richmond.
He said he could not confirm the time, specific location of the shooting or name of the teenager who died because department policy prohibits him from releasing information about juveniles. He said Richmond Police is continuing to investigate. Mott said an investigation is performed with a death of any kind.
He also said the department would not be releasing any more information about the death.
According to an obituary sent Monday to the newspaper, the teenager died Sunday at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
Counselors were at the middle school Monday to help students who may be having trouble dealing with their grief.
“We received notification yesterday evening about a death, anytime there’s a death our psychology department mobilizes and forms a team,” said Erin Stewart spokesperson for Madison County Schools.
Not only do counselors assist students, but they assist in preparing a letter to go home to parents to help explain the situation, Stewart said.
“We try to get them (staff and students) help if they need help and the psychology team stays as long as that school needs them to be there,” she said.
Counselors had been at the school last week after the death of a teacher.
“We’re dealing with some grief and trying to cope through that,” Stewart said.
The death of a staff member or a student affects all in the district, she said.
“What we want people to know is the district is saddened any time we lose a staff member or a student, we are saddened,” she said. “We always say every student counts, we mean that and so when we lose a student we feel that deeply and we are doing all that we can do to be supportive of the staff and students who are affected by this loss.”
The EKU community, too, is affected by the teenager’s death, said Marc Whitt EKU spokesperson.
“The entire University family is deeply saddened by the news of the Whitlock family's tremendous loss,” Whitt said. “Our hearts are broken for President Doug and First Lady Joanne Whitlock and their family. They can be assured, though, that the prayers of this University and of their many friends are with them on this day and in the days ahead.”
Visitation for Robert Whitlock will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Robert Douglas Whitlock Jr. Fund for Autism at Eastern Kentucky University, Coates Building CPO 19A, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky. 40475.