Charleston police are investigating a homicide after a teen was found dead Thursday night on the city’s West Side.
Police identified the victim as 19-year-old Tre’Quan Isaiah Gibson of Charleston.
Gibson, a former South Charleston and Riverside high school athlete, was found lying on the ground in front of the Second Avenue Neighborhood Center in the 1400 block of 2nd Avenue when police responded to a report of multiple shots fired shortly after 11 p.m.
According to the information provided by the Charleston Police Department, multiple shell casings were found at the scene.
Gibson graduated in May from Riverside High School, where he played basketball under former coach D.J. Johnson his senior year.
“I’ve coached 13 years, and I’ve never gone through this,” he said. “I found out last night, and I didn’t sleep the rest of the night.”
Johnson said he knew Gibson before he came to play at Riverside because of his time as a football and basketball player at South Charleston High School.
“I was fortunate enough to coach Tre’Quan this year, and, unfortunately, his senior year was hindered because he had a fractured hand in our game versus Oak Hill,” he said.
Through their time together, Johnson said, he found Gibson to be a “very insightful” young man.
“He really wanted more for himself in life, and he really expressed that to me a lot [through] different discussions we would have in the car,” he said. “He would tell me about different goals and different things he had for himself, and I really felt that, if he could get in a new environment, I felt like he could see all the goals he had for himself come to fruition.”
Johnson said this incident is just senseless violence and that it really hurts him to have to talk about.
“I really felt like Tre had the world ahead of him, and he could do whatever it is he wanted to do, and it’s really unfortunate that we are where we’re at,” he said. “He graduated this past May, and he had test scores, he had the grades and he had the aptitude to go to college. But, unfortunately, we won’t be able to see that come to fruition, either.”
Johnson asked for prayers for the community and Gibson’s peers.
“This sort of thing impacts his peers a lot, and I hope that it’s something that can be a wake-up call for his peers, to realize that it can happen to you, and you need to get your priorities right,” he said. “They’ve got to make each other accountable in doing the right things.”
No arrests have been made in the incident. Anyone with information may contact the Charleston Police Department, at 304-348-8111.