By Lia Sestriclsestric@abcnews4.com
North Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) -- The flag flew at half-mast at Academic Magnet High School, as the school community mourned the loss of a former classmate, Marley Lion, shot and killed Saturday.
"We love our children and to lose our children it's devastating for all of us," principal Judith Peterson said. "To lose a child this particularly way was horrific for us."
School guidance counselors and Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy offered counseling to students to help them cope.
"What we're about is to try to support them in their time of pain and time of sorrow and what we call as a ministry of presence," chaplain Rob Dewey said. "We don't always have the answer, but we do know this is a painful time and that we want to be there with them."
According to his family, Lion was on his way home Saturday when he pulled over. He was later found shot in the parking lot of Famous Joe's off Savannah Highway.
A nearby neighbor dialed 911 after hearing a gunshot.
The responding officer found Lion laying on the ground on his left side with "visible abrasions and some blood to his forehead."
A police report goes on to say Lion was able to tell the responding officer that he was shot five times and that he was sleeping in his truck "because he was too intoxicated to drive home."
Police confirmed that Lion was at a house party earlier in the night, but gave no further information.
According to the report, Lion continued to tell police that while he was sleeping, two unknown black males approached. One was reportedly wearing all black with blue jeans and began to shoot at Lion. After firing the five shots, police say, the suspects fled on foot toward Yew Street.
Crime Stoppers if offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.
On Monday, a forensic team was out scoping the parking lot, including a nearby day care center, located directly behind the lot. No information was provided by Charleston Public Information Officer, Charles Francis, other than they're searching for evidence in a murder investigation.
Lion was going to be a freshman at Clemson University.
"The world was his oyster. If you talked to his friends, he brought light into the room. He was enthusiastic about everything," Peterson said. "I use the words charismatic because he could have been anything he wanted. He would have made a lot of people happy."