A Chattanooga family and school are mourning the death of a 13-year old boy who police say was killed inside of his home on East 50th Street in Chattanooga Monday night.
Deontrey Southers was an 8th grader at East Lake Academy.
"He was very outgoing, very hard worker and a giver - definitely a giver. He gave a lot of himself to his school and to his students as well," says Deontre's mentor Patrick Hampton.
Hampton says he saw so much promise in Southers, known as Trey.
"Just seeing him this Friday and knowing that there were improvements in his grades and improvements in his conduct, and attendance, that hurt, and really hit home for me," says Hampton.
Trey played on the school's football team and was also in the Goodwill Youth Mentoring Program.
Police say the teen died shortly after he was shot in the chest Monday night. Authorities say the boy was shot from the outside his home, even though he was inside the house. His family members didn't want to speak to us on camera today but told us he was NOT the intended target.
Tuesday, Hampton showed us Trey's workbook that he was using in their mentorship program.
"We're just teaching them they can enter into high school drug free and without violence, and this is one of the books he was going through," says Hampton.
Meanwhile, grief counselors were on hand at the school to help the students deal with this tragedy.
"As expected, you have those who are very close to him that are really taking it hard. Anytime you have a student that passes away suddenly its hard on everyone," says Lakesha Carson, principal at East Lake Academy.
"It's always difficult when you lose someone you know, especially when it's a young person with so much life ahead of them," says Phil Iannorane, Assistant principal at East Lake Academy.
At this time, police aren't sure what caused the shooting. They say it doesn't appear to be gang-related. Authorities haven't yet made any arrests in this shooting.
By Jerry Askin