Crime

Opelika High senior charged with murdering teenager

OPELIKA, Ala. — An Opelika, Ala., teenager was fatally shot Monday on the 500 block of Edmon Avenue and another teenager has been charged with murder, according to an Opelika Police Department news release.

Officers found 17-year-old Opelika High School student Alizah Ellis, suffering from gunshot wounds around 12:50 p.m. Monday. The victim was rushed to East Alabama Medical Center, where he died at 2:59 p.m. while doctors were attempting to operate.

Later Monday, police arrested 17-year-old Vantavious Quintez Hughley and charged him with murder. Hughley would have been a senior at Opelika High School this upcoming school year. His bond has been set at $150,000.

Police said Tuesday the victim was found outside of a home in his neighborhood. He suffered at least one gunshot wound to his chest. Officers said they do not expect anymore arrests, but wouldn't say how their investigation led to Hughley, who did not live in the same neighborhood as the victim.

Ellis' murder is the first in Opelika since March 2013.

"It's sad that these kind of things happen in today's society," Capt. Shane Healey said during a Tuesday press conference. "Only the community as a whole can pull together and try to prevent these things. And when these things unfortunately do happen, the community has to pull together to try to solve these crimes."

Healey said Ellis' parents are devastated by the events, but have been cooperative and supportive of the investigation.

Anyone with more information should contact the Investigative Services Division at 334-705-5520 or the Secret Witness Hotline at 334-745-8665.

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